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CHAI^LES ♦ DONALD • FOX 



By CHARLES DONALD FOX 
Books on the Silent Drama 

WHO'S WHO ON THE SCREEN 
MIRRORS OF HOLLYWOOD 
THE LITTLE MOVIE MIRROR 

BOOKS 
THE VOICE OF THE CAMERA 

Miscellany 

LITTLE ROBINSON CRUSOE 

Adapted from Willard Mack's Photoplay 
of the same name. 

BALDO: 

The story of an Alaskan Husky 

THE MIRACLE OF LOVE 
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS 
THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER 
TRAVEL SILHOUETTES 



JamoHs plm folk 

A Caller)^ oj" Life Portraits 
and Bioqraphles 

I 

CHAIVLES * DONALD • FOX 



WITH 
TWO HUNDRED 6? fORTY-TWO 
ILLUSTRATIONS 



NEW YORK 
GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY 



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COPYRIGHT, 1925, 
BY GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 

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PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 



TO 
M.E.F.— MJ.F. andJ.F. 

NEAREST AND DEAREST TO ME 



FOREWORD 

From the earliest days of motion pictures, screen "fans" 
have evinced a constantly growing interest in the lives of 
their favorite players. 

To-day finds many popular Magazines devoted to the silent 
drama, conducting departments wherein the editors endeavor 
to answer thousands of questions which are asked each month 
about favorite film folk. 

Such questions as, ''Where was Mary Pickford born?", 
''How old is Thomas Meighan?", ''How much does Walter 
Hiers weigh?", "W'here did Corinne Griffith go to school?", 
"What color eyes has Monte Blue?", "Is Pola Negri 
Russian?", "How old is Jackie Coogan?", and countless 
others are on the tongues of all lovers of the silent drama. 
It is the purpose of this volume to answer not only these 
questions, but many similar ones. 

On the following pages are biographies of many of the 
leading players of the screen. Though necessarily brief and 
crisp, the author believes they contain the salient facts in each 
star's story — the things each "fan" wants to know. 

Limited to a few highlights in the career of each, these 
stories may give the impression that for each of the players, 
there has been an easy path to popular favor. This is far 
from true, for in the success of every screen luminary there 
is reflected the reward of patient study, and a tireless struggle 
to gain recognition. 

This volume is not intended to be a complete Who's who 
of the Screen, for limited space makes it imperative to 
eliminate many players who are richly deserving of niches in 
this Screen Hall of Fame. For them the author has the 
highest regard and he sincerely regrets he has been unable to 
include their life stories and portraits herein. 

Should this work be cordially received, companion volumes 
will follow wherein will be incorporated the portrait and 
life story of every popular star and featured player of the 
screen. 

Thus, it is hoped that the facts contained herein will be 
the means of satisfying the thirst for information about the 
Stars of the Screen, which seems to grip practically every 
member of the vast army of silent drama devotees. 

CHARLES DONALD FOX 

Hollywood, California. 
May, 1925. 

vii 



CONTENTS 



Adams, Claire, 145 

Adams, Jimmie, .... 129 

Adoree, Renee, 215 

Agnew, Robert, .... 144 

Alden, Mary, 134 

Alexander, Ben, . . . 214 

Allison, May, 131 

AsTOR, Mary, 236 

Ayres, Agnes, 136 

Ballin, Mabel, .... 210 

Bara, Tiieda, 211 

Barry, Wesley, .... 59 

Barrymore, John, . . 237 

Barrymore, Lionel,. 212 

Barthelmess, 

Richard, 32 

Battista, Miriam, . . 164 

Baxter, Warner, ... 133 

Bayne, Beverly, .... 146 

Bedford, Barbara, . . 148 

Beery, Jr., Noah, ... 63 

Beery, Wallace, ... 21 

Bellamy, Madge, . . . 120 

Bennett, Constance, 147 

Bennett, Enid, .... 118 

Blue, Monte, 18 

Blythe, Betty, .... 116 

BoARDMAN, Eleanor, 97 

Bosworth, Hobart, . 16 

Bow, Clara, 121 

Bowers, John, 20 

Breamer, Sylvia, . . 99 

Brent, Evelyn, .... 213 

Bronson, Betty, .... 107 



Burns, Neal, 238 

Busch, Mae, 29 

Butler, David, 254 

Calhoun, Alice, ... 96 

Cannon, Raymond, . 150 

Carey, Harry, 248 

Carr, Mary, 208 

Chadwick, Helene, . 65 

Chaney, Lon, 56 

Chaplin, Charles, . 84 

Clayton, Ethel, . . . 242 

Clifford, Ruth, .... 244 

Cody, Lew, 58 

Coleman, Ronald, . 209 

CoMPsoN, Betty, ... 51 

CoNLEY, Lige, 151 

CooGAN, Jackie, .... 53 

Cornwall, Ann, . . . 149 

CORTEZ, RiCORDO, ... 89 

CouRTOT, Marguerite, 228 

Dana, Viola, 130 

Daniels, Bebe, 42 

Dalton, Dorothy, . . 232 

Davenport, Dorothy, 216 

Davies, Marion, .... 125 

Daw, Marjorie, ... 93 

Dean, Priscilla, ... 25 

De Brulier, Nigel, . 207 
De La Motte, 

Marguerite, ... 128 

Dempster, Carol, . . 140 

Denny, Reginald, . . 103 

Desmond, William, . 52 

Devore, Dorothy, ... 69 



IX 



CONTENTS {continued) 



Dexter^ Elliott, . . . 


40 


Dix, Richard, 


34 


Dove, Billie, 


138 


Du Pont, Miss, 


251 


Earle, Edward, .... 


162 


Eddy, Helen Jerome, 


205 


Fair, Elinor, 


201 


Fairbanks, Douglas, 


78 


Fairbanks, Jr., 




Douglas, 


243 


Farnum, William, . 


113 


Fawcett, George, . . 


109 


Faye, Julia, 


224 


Fazenda, Louise, . . . 


202 


Fellowes, Rockliffe, 


203 


Ferguson, Elsie, . . . 


114 


Ferguson, Helen, . . 


142 


Ford, Harrison, 


204 


Francis, Alec, 


108 


Frederick, Pauline, 


222 


Garon, Pauline, . . . 


231 


Gibson, Hoot, 


126 


Gilbert, John, 


91 


GisH, Dorothy, . . . . 


123 


GisH, Lillian, . . . . . 


112 


GODOWSKY, DaGMAR, 


198 


Gordon, Huntley, . 


199 


Gordon, Vera, 


197 


GouDAL, Jetta, 


239 


Graves, Ralph, 


235 


Grey, Lita, 


83 


Griffith, Corinne, . 


31 


Griffith, Raymond, 


160 


Hackathorne, 




George, 


119 



Hamilton, Lloyd, .. 143 
Hamilton, Mahlon, 193 
Hampton, Hope, 
Harlan, Kenneth, 
Hart, William S., 
Hatton, Raymond, 
Haver, Phyllis, 
Haw^ley, Wanda, 
Herbert, Holmes, 
Hiers, Walter, . . 
Hines, Johnny, . 
Holmes, Stuart, 

Holt, Jack, 

Hopper, Hedda, . 
HoxiE, Jack, . . . 
Hughes, Lloyd, . 
Hunter, Glenn, . 
HuRLOCK, Madeline, 
Johnston, Julanne, 
Jones, Charles 

"Buck," .... 
Joy, Leatrice, . . 
Keaton, Buster, 
Keenan, Frank, 

Keith, Ian, 

Kent, Crauford, 
Kenyon, Doris, . 
Kerrigan, 

J. Warren, . 
Kerry, Norman, . 
Key, Kathleen, . 
Kilgour, Joseph, 
KiRKV^ooD, James, . 
KosLOFF, Theodore, 
Lake, Alice, 



CONTENTS {continued) 



XI 



La Mark, Barbara 


.. 39 


Landis, Cullen, . . 


.. 79 


Langdon, Harry, . 


.. 255 


La Plante, Laura, 


. 102 


La Roque, Rod, . . . 


.. 49 


Lee, Lila, 


.. 19 


Livingston, 




Margaret, . . . 


.. 186 


Lloyd, Harold, . . 


.. 132 


Logan, Jacqueline, 


22 


Love, Bessie, .... 


.. 24 


Lowe, Edmund, . . 


.. Ill 


Lyon, Ben, 


.. 100 


Lytell, Bert, 


.. Z7 


MacDonald, 




Wallace, 


. . 183 


MacKaill, Dorothy, 185 


MacLean, Douglas 


, 30 


Malone, Molly, . . 


. 141 


Marlowe, June, . 


. 240 


Marmont, Percy, 


. 35 


Marshall, Tully, 


. . 182 


Mason, Shirley, . 


. 90 


Mayo, Frank, 


. 156 


McAvoY, May, 


. 55 


McGrail, Walter, . 


. 139 


McGregor, Malcoll 


^, 27 


McGuiRE, Kathryn 


, 137 


McKee, Raymond, 


. 180 


Meighan, Thomas, 


. 127 


Menjou, Adolph, . 


. 105 


Miller, Patsy Ruti 


I, 45 


Mix, Tom, 


. 43 


Moore, Colleen, . . 


. 17 


Moore, Owen, .... 


. 181 



Moore, Tom, 46 

Moreno, Antonio, . 115 
MoREY, Harry T., . . 253 
Morrison, James 

Woods, 184 

Mulhall, Jack, 230 

Murphy, Edna, 161 

Murray, Mae, 61 

Myers, Carmel, .... 75 

Nagel, Conrad, 23 

Naldi, Nita, 57 

Nazimova, All a, ... 74 

Negri, Pola, 33 

Nilsson, Anna Q., . 50 
Norm and, Mabel, . . 179 

Novak, Jane, 178 

Novarro, Ramon, . . 98 
O'Brien, Eugene, . . 95 
O'Brien, George, . . . 250 
Ogle, Charles, .... 249 
Olmstead, Gertrude, 163 

O'M ALLEY, Pat, 177 

Owen, Seena, 157 

Peggy, Baby, 54 

Percy, Eileen, 175 

Peters, House, 170 

Philbin, Mary, 220 

Pickford, Jack, » . . . 173 
PiCKFORD, Mary, . . . 104 

Pitts, Zasu, 174 

Powell, David, .... 176 
Prevost, Marie, .... 106 

PrINGLE, AlLEEN, ... 15 

Rawlinson, Herbert, 245 
Ray, Allene, ...... 153 



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CONTENTS (continued) 



Ray, Charles^ . . 
Remer, Rubye de, 
Reynolds, Vera, 
Rich, Irene, .... 
RiCKSEN, Lucille, 
Roberts, Edith, . 
Roberts, Theodore, 
Roche, Charles De., 246 
Roland, Ruth, . 
Rubens, Alma, . , 
Santschi, Tom, 
Semon, Larry, . 
Shearer, Norma, 
Sills, Milton, . , 
Stanley, Forrest, 
Starke, Pauline, 
Stedman, Myrtle, 
Stewart, Anita, . 
Stone, Lewis, .... 
Swanson, Gloria, 
Sweet, Blanche, . 
Talmadge, 

Constance, . . 



85 


Talmadge, Norma, 


.. 72 


206 


Taylor, Estelle, . 


.. 36 


169 


Tearle, Conway, . 


. 62 


64 


Terry, Alice, 


. 28 


172 


Terry, Ethel Grey 


, 154 


152 


Torrence, David, . 


. . 168 


26 


ToRRENCE, Ernest, 


.. 47 


246 


TuRPiN, Ben, 


.. 82 


80 


Valentino, 




171 


Rudolph, .... 


.. 94 


135 


Valli, Virginia, . . 


.. 167 


87 


Vaughn, Alberta, 


.. 155 


81 


Vernon, Bobby, . . 


. . 218 


227 


Vidor, Florence, . 


.. 92 


234 


Walker, Johnny, 


.. 159 


67 


Walsh, George, . . 


.. 165 


252 


Walthall, Henry B., 166 


44 


Washburn, Bryant 


,. 226 


117 


Williams, Earle, . , 


. 247 


77 


Wilson, Lois, 


. 48 


60 


Windsor, Claire, . . 
Young, Clara 


. 38 


110 


Kimball, 


. 217 



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FAMOUS FILM FOLK 




AILEEN PRINGLE was born in wSan Francisco, 
California, and received her education there and in 
London, with a finishing course in Paris. Miss Pringle 
is the daughter of a widely known California fruit mer- 
chant, and the wife of Sir Charles M. Pringle, and though 
born to luxury and wealth, she chose a stage career, mak- 
ing her first appearance in a minor role in London. Then 
followed an opportunity with George Arliss, in *'The 
Green Goddess/' with a period of work as an extra in the 
Hollywood studios, ere she was selected by Elinor Glyn 
to play the queen in her ''Three Weeks." Intelligent, 
cultured, and educated, Miss Pringle scored an immediate 
success in this picture, and she has since found her ser- 
vices much in demand. She is without a peer in the depic- 
tion of exotic, seductive roles, is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 
weighs 119 lbs., and has dark brown hair and gray-green 
eyes, 

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HOBART BOSWORTH was born in Marietta, Ohio, 
on August 11th., 1867, and is a direct descendant of 
John and Priscilla Alden and Miles Standish. In early 
youth he followed the sea serving in sailing ships finall} 
ending his career on the water with a whaling trip to the 
Arctic. Then he was in succession a boxer, wrestler, 
ranchman, and actor appearing on the stage for the first 
time in San Francisco, in 1855. Then for 10 years he was 
a member of the famous Daly Stock Company in New 
York. Returning to the Pacific coast he was one of the 
first to join the old Selig Company. After years before 
the camera he again went on the stage appearing in vaude- 
ville. Then came another intensive attack upon the screen 
which has landed Mr. Bosworth in the very front rank of 
screen stars. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 200 lbs., 
and has gray hair and blue eyes. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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COLLEEN MOORE was born in Port Huron, 
Michigan, on August 12th., 1902, and in early youth 
■vas sent to the Convent of the Holy Names, in Tampa, 
l^lorida. Following her graduation, she attended the De- 
troit Conservatory of Music. To D. W. Grififith, Colleen 
Moore owes her first screen appearance, he having picked 
her for a leading role in a ''Bobby'' Harron picture. From 
he very beginning of her screen career, it was evident that 
^olleen was destined for stardom. Her youthful charm, 
coupled with genuine talent for character depiction, soon 
won her recognition, and she was selected by Col. Selig 
to play in his James Whitcomb Riley productions. She 
is a vigorous young lady, married, athletic, collects 
antiques, and has beautiful copper colored hair, and large 
brown eyes. She weighs 115 lbs., and is 5 feet 4 inches 
in height. 



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MONTE BLUE was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on 
January 11th., 1890, and received his education 
in Knightstown, Ind., and at Purdue University, v^ork- 
ing his way through the latter place. He is a world 
traveller having visited all manner of places as a soldier, 
sailor, lumberjack, cowpuncher, miner, railroader, and 
actor. After casting about seeking a berth Mr. Blue 
entered the D. W. Griffith Studios working as a laborer 
at $1.50 per day. While discussing topics of the day 
with his fellow workers and lending to his words a wealth 
of ardor, he was "discovered*' by Mr. Griffith and given 
an opportunity to display his histrionic talents on the 
screen. His colorful career stood him in good stead for 
from the very beginning his work was stamped with the 
flavor of the worldly-wise man. He is a great athlete, 
stands 6 feet 2 inches in height, weighs 180 lbs., and has 
brown hair and brown eves. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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LILA LEE was born in New York City on July 25th., 
1895, and received the major portion of her edu- 
cation from private tutors, because of the fact that she 
has been constantly before the pubHc since her seventh 
birthday. David Belasco gave her her first stage oppor- 
tunity and shortly after she became the famous "Cuddles" 
of Gus Edwards vaudeville acts. In this role she toured 
the country for a number of years when Jesse L. Lasky 
seeking new star material decided to give her an oppor- 
tunity before the camera. From the very beginning this 
charming and delightful young lady acquitted herself with 
success, though it was not until. after considerable screen 
experience that she came into her own as a star. She is 
the wife of James Kirkwood, the actor, and is 5 feet 6 
inches in height, weighing 125 lbs. She has black hair 
and black eyes. 



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JOHN BOWERS was born in Indiana on December 
27th., and after finishing school decided he would seek 
a career on the stage. Accordingly he secured an en- 
gagement with Beulah Poynter in "The Family Cupboard" 
where he earned considerable praise because of the ex- 
cellence of his performance. Mr. Bowers is one of the 
most popular of leading men and owes his first screen 
appearance to the keen eye of D. W. Griffith for whom 
he made his debut in the silent drama. He has had a 
wide screen experience working for most of the impor- 
tant companies at one time or another during his career. 
His winning personality has won a host of friends for 
Mr. Bowers. He is an earnest worker, always lending 
to his performance a finished character depiction. He 
is 6 feet in height, weighs 180 lbs., and has curly dark 
hair, and dark eyes. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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WALLACE BEERY was born in Kansas City, Mo., 
on April 1st., 1886, and attended school in that 
city until his 18th. year, when he developed a desire to 
attain fame as an actor. He appeared on the legitimate 
stage with Henry W. Irving and then entered the films. 
From the beginning he displayed a rare aptitude for screen 
work, playing and directing pictures with equal success. 
He began screen work with the old Essanay Company 
and has worked in Universal pictures, his range of ex- 
perience bringing him even a period with the old Key- 
stone Comedy Company. He was at one time married 
to Gloria Swanson and is a brother of Noah Beery. Mr. 
Beery is a powerful man, standing 6 feet in height and 
weighing 200 lbs. He has dark hair and sparkling brown 
eyes which permit him to play the meanest villains or 
the happiest characters, at will. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 




JACQUELINE LOGAN was born in San Antonio, 
Texas, on November 30th., 1902, and later lived in 
Denver where she attended grammar school, after 
which she went to Colorado College. Originally she in- 
tended to be a journalist and short-story writer, but danc- 
ing, which she took up for recreational purposes only, 
eventually led her to a featured place in the Ziegfeld 
Follies, from which she graduated to the screen. Miss 
Logan owes her first screen appearance to the sharp eyes 
of Marshall Neilan. She is an accomplished actress, the 
personification of grace and charm, and is noted for her 
all-round good fellowship. She is fond of swimming, 
rides and drives with rare skill, and is 5 feet 4 inches 
high, weighing 125 lbs. A wealth of auburn hair crowns 
her head, and she has gray eyes. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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CONRAD NAGEL was born in Keokuk, Iowa, on 
March 16th., 1897, and received his education iti 
Highland Park College, Des Moines, Iowa. His father is 
a musician, and composer of more than passing note, and 
he himself has been an actor ever since his 16th. birth- 
day. He has appeared with success in stock and in vaude- 
ville, and made his first big success on the legitimate 
Stage in "Forever After/' He is married to Ruth Helms, 
a former screen player, and the couple make their home 
with their young daughter in Hollywood. He is a great 
student, being w^ell read, and possesses a splendid library. 
Mr. Nagel is best known for his convincing characteriza- 
tions of the sympathetic lover, though he has often stated 
it was his pleasure to play character roles. He is of 
athletic figure, ])lays tennis and swims, and is 6 feet 
tall, weighing 160 lbs., and has bk^id hair and brown 
c\es. 



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FAMOUS FILM FOLK 




BESSIE LOVE was born in Midland, Texas, on Sep- 
tember 10th., 1898, and attended school there until 
she left for Los Angeles where her family made their 
new home, and where she became a pupil in the Los 
Angeles High School from which she graduated. To 
D. W. Griffith belongs the credit for having introduced 
this charming little actress to an enchanted motion picture 
public. Possessing genuine talent, she quickly made 
her way up the screen ladder to success. Born with the 
name Juanita Horton, at this time she decided that 
Bessie Love would be easier remembered. She is a 
great believer in the outdoors, at one time being on the 
verge of becoming a farm owner. Miss Love is just 
5 feet in height, weighs 100 lbs., and has beautiful golden 
hair and large expressive brown eyes. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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PRISCILLA DEAN was born in New York City, and 
received her education in the schools of that city. 
When very young Miss Dean was a member of Joseph 
Jefferson's company while that great actor was starring 
in *'Rip Van Winkle/' Her mother was an emotional 
actress of considerable note at the time. Miss Dean was 
once known as a dancer and owes her start in pictures to 
D. W. Griffith who selected her while viewing her dancing 
act. She began her career at the old Biograph Studio. 
The call of Hollywood was so strong that the enterpris- 
ing young lady ventured to the Pacific coast where she 
l)egan work in a series of comedies. Lois Weber elevated 
her to stardom and her rise to fame was immediate. She 
is an enthusiastic golfer and stands just 5 feet 4 inches 
in height. She weighs 135 11)S., has JM'own eyes and is 
the wife of Wheeler Oakman, prominent leading man. 



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FAMOUS FILM FOLK 




THEODORE ROBERTS was born in San Fran- 
cisco, California, on October 8th., 1861, and re- 
ceived his education there. Fie began Hfe as a school 
teacher. One day he was ofifered an opportunity to re- 
place an actor who had been taken ill, and so well did he 
play his part, he was persuaded to remain with the com- 
pany. Then followed a long career on the stage, and fi- 
nally in 1914, an ofifer from Jesse L. Lasky to appear in 
l)ictures. Accepting, he quickly made a name for himself 
as a character actor, and to this day holds his place with 
the leading purveyors of humorous and whimsical char- 
acterizations. He is also a dramatic actor of rare ability. 
J lis hobby is birds and the garden of his Hollywood home 
boasts of many varieties of our feathered friends. He 
is 6 feet tall, weighs 200 lbs., and has gray hair and blue 
€yes. 



FAxMOUS FILM FOLK 



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MALCOLM IMcGREGOR was born in Newark, 
N. J., on October 13th., and after an elementary 
education in that city, attended Yale University, where he 
took a leading part in athletics, playing on a varsity team. 
While at Yale he met Rex Ingram, and it is to him that 
he owes the opportunity which has won him screen fame. 
Mr. McGregor is a clean-cut, virile type of young Ameri- 
can manhood, and his winning personality and histrionic 
talents have won him a favored place in screendom. lie 
is a splendid athlete, and his studious nature is respon- 
sible for the fine library his Hollywood home boasts of. 
He is destined to become a bright star of the silent drama, 
as his remarka])le work in ''All the Brothers Were Val- 
iant'* indicates. Mr. McGregor is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 
weighs 165 lbs., and has ])lack hair and brown eyes. 



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FA^IOUS FILM FOLK 




ALICE TERRY was born in Vincennes, Lidiana, in 
1901, and received her education in that city and in 
Los Angeles, where she made her home prior to em- 
])arking upon a screen career. She was persuaded by a 
friend to seek screen fame. A small part which she 
gladly accepted marked her first screen appearance. It 
was Rex Ingram who gave her her first real screen op- 
portunity, and history has recorded how this charming 
actress embraced that opportunity, and burst upon the 
screen a full-fledged star, almost unheralded. Miss Terry 
is a student, spending much time in study and reading. 
She is fond of golf, and rides real well. She married 
Mr. Ingram shortly after completing her second picture 
under his direction. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 
121 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. On the 
screen she usuallv is seen with a blond wisr. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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MAE BUSCH was born in Melbourne, Australia, on 
June 18th., and spent her youth there and in 
Tahiti. At 12 years of age she was sent to America 
where she attended St. Elizabeth's Convent in Madison, 
N. J. Like her mother. Miss Busch is an excellent singer 
and it was while she was at the convent that her voice 
caused her to think of the stage. Her family did not 
approve of her ambitions but Mae nevertheless gained a 
foothold as an understudy to a Broadway star and shortly 
afterwards sang the title role when the star left the 
show. She made an instant hit. Vaudeville followed, and 
then Mack Sennett engaged her for his Bathing Beauties. 
From that time to this Miss Busch's career has been a 
colorful one, each new role marking a milestone in the 
progress she was making. She is 5 feet 4 inches in 
height, weighs 119 lbs., and has black hair and gray 
€yes. 



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FA.AIOUS FlL.Al FOLK 




DOUGLAS Maclean was born in Philadelphia on 
January 12th., and was educated at the Northwest 
Preparatory School and the Lewis Institute of Tech- 
nology, both situated in Chicago. Leaving college, he 
returned to his native Philadelphia and embarked upon 
a career of bond salesman. Dissatisfied, he entered 
the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York 
City, and soon won the favor of Miss Maude Adams 
who cast him for her production of **Rosalind." Stock 
in Los Angeles and Pittsfield, Mass., came, ere he found 
a place on the screen. Mary Roberts Rinehart's 
story ''Twenty-three and a Half Hours Leave'* firmly es- 
tablished him as a film celebrity. He is married, and has 
a beautiful home in Beverly Hills, California. Golf is 
his off-screen pastime, and he is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 
150 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



FAMOUS FILM FOLK 



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CORINNE GRIFFITH was born in Texarkana, 
Texas, in 1898, and after attending the local schools, 
entered the Sacred Heart Convent in New Orleans 
where she matriculated. From youth her beauty was a 
matter of comment, and when she won a New Orleans 
Mardi Gras beauty contest, Rolin Sturgeon, Vitagraph 
director, ofifered her an opportunity to appear on the 
screen. This she did in the course of a few months, 
progressing rapidly toward stardom, which she won 
amid an enthusiastic "fan'' reception of her pictures. 
She is a delightful girl, always welcoming her friends 
with true open-hearted southern hospitality. Versatility 
is the keynote of her acting. Comedy or drama are 
equally within the scope of her histrionic talents. Her 
tastes are decidedly artistic and she is just 5 feet 4 inches 
in height, weighs 120 lbs., and has brown hair and blue 
eyes. 



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RICHARD BARTHELMESS was born in New York 
City in 1895, and finished his education in Trinity 
College in Hartford, Conn. He is another of the famous 
stars of to-day, '^discovered'' and developed by D. W. 
Griffith, and from the early days of his career when he 
plaj^ed leads with Dorothy Gish, has been a favorite 
of all screen **fans/' **Dick" as his intimates call him, 
is most popular with all he comes in contact with, possess- 
ing a charming personality and sturdy manhood, which 
instantly stamp him as a level-headed young man. He is 
married to Mary Hay, noted stage and screen player, and 
has a beautiful little daughter. He made his first great 
hit as the Chinaman in Griffith's ^'Broken Blossoms." 
He is a champion swimmer and his hobby is the collection 
of autographed books. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 
138 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. 



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POLA NEGRI was born in Bromberg, Poland, on 
January 3rd., and received her education in Warsaw. 
Her parents decided for her that she was to become an 
actress, and at 17 she became a pupil in a dramatic school 
in Warsaw, and so accomplished was the youthful Pola, 
tliat she completed the full three years course in less 
than half time. She made her debut immediately after in 
the Polish capital, and later played again in that city where 
she remained until the World War activities drove her 
from the city. Turning her versatile talents to the screen 
she wrote, directed and acted in a picture of her own, 
following this with a screen version of **Du Barry'* which 
when shown in America, under the title of **Passion'' 
brought her lasting fame. Her recreation is derived from 
riding her horses, and she is 5 feet 4 inches in height, 
weighing 122 lbs., and haying black hair, and hazel eyes. 



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RICHARD DIX was born in Minneapolis, Minn., 
on July 18th., 1894, and was educated there, and at 
the University of Minnesota. During this time he had 
made himself proficient in dramatic art by attending a 
dramatic school without the knowledge of his parents. 
Mr. Dix was a famous football player and when a 
company playing at a local theatre issued a call for a 
football player to appear in **The College Widow'' he 
applied and was engaged. Following this he played in 
stock in St. Paul, finally landing in New York City 
where he sought work but without success. Pittsburgh 
next became acquainted with young Mr. Dix, then came 
engagements in Texas, Canada, and Los Angeles. The 
films next attracted and it was as a featured player in 
Hall Caine's *The Christian'' that he won screen fame. 
Since then he has risen to great popularity. He is 6 feet 
tall, weighs 170 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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PERCY MARMONT was born in London, England, 
and received his education at St. Anne's in Red- 
hill, Surrey. Determined to become an actor, at 16, Mr. 
Marmont left the home fireside, and sought an oppor- 
tunity to satisfy his ambition. Soon after having made 
his first appearance, music claimed his interest, and in 
London he studied for the concert stage. Again chang- 
ing he returned to the stage, making a notable impression 
by his work with Sir Herbert Tree, Cyril Maude, and 
other famous stars. In America he played with Ethel 
Barrymore, and was for a time under Belasco's manage- 
ment. The screen then beckoned, and Mr. Marmont in- 
clined rapidly towards stardom, appearing many times 
before a delighted public. He is one of the cleverest 
of screen players. This sterling actor is 6 feet tall, 
weighs 155 lbs., has light brown hair and blue eyes. 



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ESTELLE TAYLOR was born in Wilmington, Dela- 
ware, on May 20th., 1903, and received her education 
in the city of her birth. Graduating from school. Miss 
Taylor, without a thought of a screen career, became 
a stenographer. A short period in an office proved irk- 
some to Estelle, so, casting about for another opportunity, 
she finally landed upon the legitimate stage, where her 
success came quickly. After appearing with considerable 
distinction, a motion picture director offered her a screen 
opportunity, which Miss Taylor immediately accepted, 
realizing the widened scope the screen oflFered for her 
versatile talents. Her debut was made as leading lady 
for William Farnum. She has a vivacious spirit, and a 
remarkable screen personality. Her hobby is making rag 
rugs, and she is 5 feet 4^ inches tall, weighs 129 lbs., 
and has dark brown hair and brown eves. 



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BERT LYTELL was born in New York City, on Feb- 
ruary 24th., 1885, and received his education in the 
Canadian city of Toronto, where he graduated frorn 
Upper Canada College. He is of a family of prominent 
theatrical folk, and began his career in Newark, N. J., 
where he played in stock, later forming his own company 
and opening in Troy, N. Y. Then came Herbert Brenon 
with a ])icture offer, and handsome Bert began the climb 
which has landed him on the topmost rung of the ladder 
of public approval. He served with distinction during 
the World War, returning to the screen, and the hearts 
of thousands of "fan'' followers. He is a splendid athlete, 
excelling at tennis and swimming. Mr. Lytell is 5 feet 
11 inches in height, weighs 153 lbs., and has dark brown 
hair and hazel eyes. 



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CLAIRE WINDSOR was born in Cawker City, Kan- 
sas, on April 14th., 1898, and when a little girl 
lived in Topeka, Kansas. As a child she exhibited great 
talent for drawing, probably inheriting her artistic tastes 
from her mother, who was an accomplished painter in 
oil. She was a student in Washburn College Prep School, 
and because of her beauty was encouraged to appear in 
local amateur theatricals. She lived in Seattle later where 
she was chosen Queen of the Carnival, and when she 
later lived in Los Angeles, her first desire to appear on the 
screen manifested itself. For some time she was cast 
as mere ''atmosphere," it remaining for Lois Weber to 
cast her prominently for the first time. She has a son, 
is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 130 lbs., and has blond 
hair and blue eyes. 



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BARBARA LA MARR was born in Richmond, Va., 
and received her education in local private schools. 
She made her first appearance on the stage in a stock 
company production when but 7 years of age. This she 
followed with a vaudeville engagement. She is an ac- 
complished dancer, and has appeared as a featured player 
in Broadway musical comedy productions. While danc- 
ing professionally, Douglas Fairbanks '^discovered'' Miss 
La Marr as a screen possibility and she made her debut 
with him in 'The Three Musketeers," making a most 
favorable impression. She is a generous hearted girl, 
this *Vamp'' of the screen, being especially fond of chil- 
dren. She is the foster mother of an adopted baby boy, 
and is devoted to the child. All athletics appeal to her, 
and she is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 123 lbs., and 
possessing black hair and green eyes. 



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ELLIOTT DEXTER was born in Galveston, Texas, 
on December 21st., and early evinced an interest in 
the ministry. As a youth he Hved in Washington, D. C, 
where he attended school, graduated with honors. After 
a time he tried to enter upon a theatrical career but found 
it impossible to secure an engagement in Washington. 
This brought him to New York where he obtained a place 
with a stock company. Then came a tour with his own 
company and finally real success in New York. He made 
his screen debut in support of Lillian Gish and has since 
lived in Hollywood, being constantly in demand as a 
screen star. Mr. Dexter is married and spends much 
time in his home where he exhibits great skill as a land- 
scape gardner. He has a kennel of Police Dogs which 
he raised. He is 5 feet 9 inches in height, weighs 160 
lbs., and has dark hair and eves. 



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CHARLES "BUCK" JONES was born in Vincennes, 
Indiana, and received his education in the schools 
of Indianapolis in the same state. Like his fellow riding 
star, Tom Mix, he spent his youth riding the range, 
liaving become a cowboy after finishing his schooling. 
He has created a place for himself on the screen because 
of his convincing cowboy characterizations. Mr. Jones 
is of the virile type of young manhood, rides, drives, 
swims, and plays baseball with more than usual skill. 
Prior to his debut on the screen he had no theatrical ex- 
perience, coming to the Fox Studio fresh from the range. 
He has always been known as a hard worker, being ever 
ready to undertake some dare-devil riding stunt to lend 
realism to his pictures. He is married and has a splendid 
home in Los Angeles. He is 5 feet 11}4 inches tall, 
weighs 173 lbs., and has brown hair and gray eyes. 



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BEBE DANIELS was born in Dallas, Texas, on Jan- 
uary 14th., 1901, and made her professional debut 
when but 10 weeks old, as the baby in the old time play 
*7ane/' After reaching early childhood, she divided her 
time between the stage and the convent where she was 
educated. She lived in Richmond, Va., and New York 
City prior to making her home in Hollywood, where she 
again went to school. Both her parents were profes- 
sionals. She is an enthusiastic athlete, probably excelling 
at motor racing. She lends to all her screen characteriza- 
tions a sincerity and earnestness which have assisted her 
to the topmost rung of the ladder of success ever since 
the early days when she was leading lady for Harold 
Lloyd. Miss Daniels is but 5 feet 4 inches in height, 
weighs 123 lbs., and has black hair and eyes. 



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TOM MIX was born in Texas, and received his 
education in the Lone Star State. From earhest 
youth the popular star rode the plains as a cowboy, and 
when Theodore Roosevelt issued his famous call for vol- 
unteers for his Rough Riders, Mr. Mix was among the 
first to enroll under the great American's leadership. 
Serving with distinction in the Spanish-American War, 
he again essayed the role of a pioneer when he enlisted 
as a Selig Player with that old film producing company. 
Then came his big opportunity with the William Fox 
organization, and today Tom is rated as one of the most 
popular screen stars. He is married, and has a baby 
daughter. At Mixville, Arizona, he has a splendid ranch 
where he trains and raises the horses used in his produc- 
tions. Mr. Mix is also a writer and director, is 5 feet 
10 inches in height, weighs 165 lbs., and has dark hair 
and eyes. 



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ANITA STEWART was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on 
February 17th., and received her education in that 
city, graduating from Erasmus Hall High School. Pre- 
vious to her screen debut she had had no professional 
stage experience, but there is reflected in her success much 
application to the rigid experience required to master the 
difficult art of pantomime. On days when she did not 
attend school, she worked as an extra in the Vitagraph 
Studio. Her extreme youth at this time almost robbed 
her of the one big opportunity which was to proclaim 
her a real star. However she convinced Vitagraph offi- 
cials of her ability to portray the leading role in "A Mil- 
lion Bid,'' was cast for the part, and created a big hit 
when she appeared on the screen. She is 5 feet 5 inches 
in height, weighs 118 lbs., and has light brown hair and 
brown eyes. 



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PATSY RUTH MILLER was born in St. Louis. 
IVIissouri, on June 22nd., 1905, and received her 
education in a local convent and St. Mary's Institute, a 
finishing school. Her father v^as Oscar Miller, dramatic 
editor of a St. Louis newspaper. During a visit to Los 
Angeles, popular Patsy was given an opportunity to ap- 
pear in a picture with Doraldina, the dancer, and subse- 
quent application secured her another engagement, this 
time with Douglas MacLean. After considerable work, 
Coldwyn ofifered her a contract, and since that time she 
has been constantly before the public. Endowed with 
youth, beauty, and a generous measure of personality, this 
pleasant little girl has climbed into the aflfections of all 
who view her work. She is decidedly of athletic ten- 
dencies, is 5 feet 3 inches in height, weighs 105 lbs., and 
has brown hair and lustrous brown eves. 



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TOM MOORE was born in County Meath, Ire- 
land, on May 1st., and in youth moved to America 
with his family. The Moore home was established in 
Toledo, Ohio, and it was there that Tom received his 
education. Chicago was the scene of Mr. Moore's first 
stage experience, he playing in stock in that city. Gradu- 
ally his name became familiar to patrons of theatres 
throughout the nation, as Mr. Moore soon became the 
leading man of a road company. Then when the Kalem 
Company was at its zenith of popularity, the smiling 
Tom was engaged as leading man for Alice Joyce. Since 
then he has appeared continuously on the screen, his 
winning personality endearing him to thousands of film 
"fans." He is an able athlete, reads considerably, and 
evinces a lively interest in boxing and baseball. Mr. 
Moore is 5 feet 10^ inches tall, weighs 142 lbs., and 
has light brown hair and blue eyes. 



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ERNEST TORRENCE was born in Edinburgh, Scot- 
land, on June 26th., 1878, and was educated at the 
Edinburgh Academy, and the Stuttgart Conservatory in 
Germany, and made his first pubHc appearance as a 
musician. Following a tour of the continent, Mr. Tor- 
rence came to the United States and made his debut 
on the American stage in musical comedy, appearing 
with considerable success in the role of a comedian. Next 
he was cast for one of the "heavies'' in Richard Barthel- 
mess's ^'ToFable David,'' in which he made a tremendous 
hit. Though by nature, one of the kindliest persons im- 
aginable, he makes the most villainous of screen charac- 
ters, and has won great success in such roles. Mr. Tor- 
rence favors hiking and tennis playing as an off-screen 
recreation, is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 200 lbs., and has 
brown hair and brown eves. 



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LOIS WILSON was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and 
in youth resided in Birmingham, Alabama, receiving 
her education in Alabama Normal College, where she pre- 
pared herself for a career as school teacher. After 
teaching school in Alabama for a short time she decided 
to bid for fame on the screen, and accordingly, 
journeyed to Chicago, where she was given her first 
opportunity by Lois Weber, after having won a beauty 
contest, conducted by a newspaper seeking new screen 
types. Paramount later engaged her to play opposite 
Wallace Reid, and she achieved real greatness by her 
characterization in **The Covered Wagon.'' She is a 
wonderful exponent of the art of screen repression, never 
over-acting. Miss Wilson loves books, being a great 
reader, loves her horse, and plays tennis with skill. She 
is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 125 lbs., and has brown 
hair and hazel eves. 



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ROD La ROQUE was born in Chicago, III., on No- 
vember 29th., 1898, and received his education in 
Nebraska v^here he later lived. He had early demon- 
strated his theatrical learning, and made his debut almost 
immediately after finishing his schooling. Stock under 
Willard Mack broadened the young man's knowledge of 
the stage, and when in 1914 his first screen opportunity 
presented itself, Mr. La Roque was ready. He has since 
l)een featured and starred, and counts among his "fan" 
friends thousands of lovers of the silent drama, who 
favor the clean-cut, virile characterizations for which he 
is famous. Mr. La Roque is one of the really great 
athletes among the younger screen stars and excels as 
a rifle shot, being fond of hunting and displaying rare 
skill as a marksman. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 
181 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. 



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ANNA Q. NILSSON was born in Ystad, Sweden, 
on March 30th., and from youth was an accom- 
pHshed actress. When 14 years old she appeared on the 
legitimate stage in her own country scoring a noteworthy 
success because of her versatility, the youthful player 
handling dramatic and comedy roles with equal profi- 
ciency. Coming to New York she appeared on Broadway, 
where her beauty attracted the attention of motion picture 
producers, who induced her to make a bid for screen 
fame. Her success as a featured player in the world of 
the silent drama is due to her talent as an actress, the 
fact that she is beautiful being a secondary consideration. 
She is an able cook, leads a highly domestic life, and is 
5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 136 lbs., and has blond 
hair and blue eyes. 



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BETTY COMPSON was born in Salt Lake City, on 
March 18th., 1897, and began her career as a vioHn- 
ist in small time vaudeville house orchestras. Then she 
played on the stage of these theatres where she was found 
by Al. Christie who immediately engaged her for his 
Christie Comedy Company. That Mr. Christie's judg- 
ment was good has since been aptly demonstrated, for 
today Miss Compson is one of the screen's most favored 
stars. Her rise to screen stardom came soon after her 
early affiliations and it can be said of this charming girl 
that she brings to the screen a personality which im- 
mediately stamps her as typical of young American 
womanhood. She has developed into an actress of rare 
ability. She is married to James Cruze, the noted direc- 
tor, and is 5 feet 2 inches in height and weighs 118 lbs., 
while a wealth of brown hair crowns her head and adds 
beauty to her brown eyes. 



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WILLIAM DESMOND was born in Dublin, Ire- 
land, and has all the charm and magnetism of his 
race. Following a long stock engagement at the famous 
old Burbank Theatre in Los Angeles, **Biir' as he is 
known to his host of friends, found he was fitted for 
a motion picture career and Thomas H. Ince engaged 
him for his productions. He has since worked for many 
of the most important producers. He is married to de- 
lightful Mary Mclvor, who herself was a popular screen 
star, and they have a wonderful little daughter. '^Bill" 
Desmond is of the virile, athletic type and is widely 
known as an athlete. Aside from his talents as an actor 
he is a capable writer of both stage and screen plays. 
He is 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighs 170 lbs., and has 
black hair and Irish blue eves. 



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JACKIE COOGAN was born in Los Angeles, CaL, 
on October 26Lh., 1914, and from the very beginning" 
was a child of the stage. Both his father and mother 
were professionals and it was from them that the lad 
inherited the rare gift of mimicry which first attracted 
the attention of Charles Chaplin who "discovered'' the 
boy. His rise to fame since he made his first appearance 
with Chaplin in "The Kid'' has not only been phenomenal 
but deserved, for the child brought to the screen a pa- 
thetic richness which answered the chord of sympathy in 
all our hearts. He undoubtedly occupies a place in the 
pul)lic's heart throughout the world that is absolutely 
unique. He lives a normal life, playing with his boy and 
girl friends just as any other child would. Marbles, tops, 
scooters and sleds, hold first place in Jackie's heart. He 
has brown hair, and magliificent brown eyes. 



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BABY PEGGY was born in Merced, California, on 
October 26th., 1918, and has appeared on the screen 
continuously ever since she was able to sit up. At first 
she appeared in Century Comedies with '^Brownie,'' the 
wonder dog, but later producers realized her value, and 
starred her in a long series of comedies. Terminating 
her contract with her screen sponsors, she was starred 
by Sol Lesser, and has since appeared in a highly success- 
ful series of full length starring vehicles. Her father, J. 
Travers Montgomery, deserves the credit for having de- 
veloped the dramatic powers of his charming little daugh- 
ter, he being her constant companion. She is a perfectly 
natural child, mothers her many dollies as any other 
child would, is very fond of dumb animals, and has 
wonderful brown eyes and a wealth of brown hair. 



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MAY McAVOY was born in New York City, on 
September 8th., 1891, and after attending the 
grammar schools, entered and graduated from Wadleigh 
High School of that city. Her first ambition was to 
become a school teacher, but fortunately the school's loss 
was the screen's gain, for this charming little miss is one 
of the most talented actresses on the screen. First she 
appeared in commercial films, then Whiteman Bennett, an 
eastern producer, gave her an opportunity, and her power 
to project her pleasant personality from the screen, soon 
won her a Paramount contract. She is a great lover of 
dumb animals, having many pets. Miss McAvoy is a 
talented artist, and a lover of good music. She is a 
wee miss being less than 5 feet in height. She 
only 94 lbs., and has brown hair and deep blue eyes. 



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LON CHANEY was born in Colorado Springs, Colo- 
rado, on April 1st., 1886, and is one of the greatest 
of screen personalities. Because of the many marvelous 
characterizations with which he has graced the screen, 
he is known as "the man with a thousand faces/' He 
is a profound student of the art of make-up, spending 
hours before the mirror in an attempt to create some 
new depiction with which to delight his legion of admirers. 
He began his career as a property man, later developing 
into a dancer, and astonishing as it may seem, chorus 
boy. His career as a comedian was suddenly cut short 
when he burst upon the world as the cripple in "The 
Miracle Man" and from that day to this he has been 
identified with serious roles, always exhibiting rare genius 
in his characterizations. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 
weighs 165 lbs., and has dark hair and brown eyes. 



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NITA NALDI was born in New York City on April 
2nd., and received her education in that city. From 
youth she was always interested in the theatre, making her 
debut on the musical comedy stage in the chorus of *'The 
Passing Show of 1918" at the New York Winter Gar- 
den. She has posed for many of the world's leading 
artists, being rated as one of the most beautiful brunette 
types. Not without a touch of romance is the story of this 
strikingly beautiful girl who jumped from obscurity to 
fame in a few short months. Being first cast for a role 
in *'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'* her screen presence brought 
her a coveted role in Valentino's *'Blood and Sand," and 
made her famous as a screen "vamp." She is fond of 
poetry,- dances wonderfully and is 5 feet 4 inches in 
height, weighing 131 lbs., and has dark hair and brown 
eyes. 



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LEW CODY was born in Waterville, Maine, and at- 
tended school in Berlin, N. H., after which he en- 
tered McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Eager 
to become an actor he entered the Stanhope Wheatcroft 
School of Acting in New York City, but the urge to 
appear behind the footlights was too great for the future 
star so, bidding adieu to his teacher, he joined a ''one 
night stand'' troupe and secured in practice what he had 
learned in theory while in school. His rise has been rapid 
and while touring the West with one of the Shubert 
New York Winter Garden companies, he attracted the at- 
tention of Thomas H. Ince who signed him to a screen 
contract. He was a featured player from the very be- 
ginning and soon earned stardom by the general ex- 
cellence of his screen portrayals. He is 5 feet 10 inches 
in height, weighs 170 lbs., and has brown hair and gray 
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WESLEY BARRY was born in Hollywood, Cal., on 
August 10th., 1907, and received his education 
in that city. From his first screen appearance on the old 
Kalem lot to the present time he has always been a great 
favorite with screen ''fans'' because of the typically Ameri- 
can boy characterizations for which he is famous. Though 
far advanced along the professional path Wesley is never- 
theless a ''regular feller" and spends his leisure hours with 
the lads he has known since childhood. If it is true 
that Ziegfeld "glorified the American ghV then it is 
surely true that Barry "glorified the good old freckle," for 
the boy possesses a matchless wealth of freckles. He 
is an enthusiastic baseball fan and indulges in the game 
at every opportunity. Wesley is rapidly growing tall, 
weighs 110 lbs., and has blue eyes and red hair. 



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BLANCHE SWEET was born in Chicago, III., and 
received her education in Berkeley, California. She 
then turned her dancing talents into practical use by 
becoming a member of the Gertrude Hofifman Company. 
Later she toured with Chauncey Olcott, and attracting 
the attention of D. W. Griffith, was engaged to appear in 
his company, and scored an over-night success in "Judith 
of Bethulia/* Her years of training on the legitimate 
stage assisted her materially to screen fame, though her 
poignant, wistful, sensitive beauty, and personality, 
coupled with inherent talent must be credited as the 
major reason for her success. She is the wife of Mar- 
shall Neilan, the director, is 5 feet 4 inches in height, 
weighs 120 lbs., and has golden hair and blue eyes. . 



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MAE MURRAY was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, 
on May 9th., and came to New York City when 
14 years old, in search of a theatrical opportunity. She 
was then an accomplished dancer, having taught herself 
this art. At fifteen she was selected for a place in the 
Ziegfeld Follies, where she achieved fame as the famous 
**Nell Brinkley Girl." So pronounced was her success, 
she was immediately besieged with ofifers to appear on the 
screen. Following the trend of the times, she made her 
screen debut with Famous Players shortly after, and has 
since steadily climbed the ladder of public approval. She 
is extremely well read and is noted for her great gen- 
erosity and superb beauty of face and form. Miss Mur- 
ray is married, is an expert golfer and swimmer, stands 
just 5 feet 3 inches in height, and weighs 121 lbs. She 
has wonderful golden hair and deep blue eyes. 



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CONWAY TEARLE was born in New York City, in 
1880, and received his education in the public schools 
of that city, and at Amherst College. He originally in- 
tended to become a lawyer, putting the result of his studies 
into actual practice by appearing in court in the capacity 
of counsel. In 1910 he barkened to the call of the stage 
and appeared in minor roles. Gradually he gained rec- 
ognition, and finally was cast as leading man for such 
stars as Grace George and Billie Burke. It was as 
leading man for tiny Marguerite Clark that the popular 
Mr. Tearle attracted screen **fans' " attention. Ever since 
he has held a commanding position on the screen, being 
often starred, and playing opposite many screen celebri- 
ties. He is married, plays tennis well, swims, is 5 feet 
10j4 inches tall, weighs 163 lbs., and has dark brown 
hair and brown eyes. 



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NOAH BEERY, JR., was born in Kansas City, Mo., 
on January 17th., 1882, and after finishing his 
education decided upon a stage career. He left his home 
town bound for New York where he secured his first 
engagement with a musical act produced by the late Oscar 
Hammerstein. Mr. Beery possesses an excellent bari- 
tone voice, and was cast in this act in the role of George 
Washington. Then followed engagements with many 
prominent stage stars including Richard Mansfield. In 
1912 he made his first appearance on the screen, later re- 
turning to the speaking stage. He then moved his 
family to Los Angeles, and naturally turned to the screen 
once again. He is the father of three boys and has a 
beautiful home in the Hollywood foothills. He is 6 
feet 1 inch in height, weighs 205 lbs., and has raven black 
hair and brown eyes. 



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IRENE RICH was born in Buffalo, New York, on 
October 13th., 1898, and received her education at St. 
Margaret's School for Girls. Making a start towards 
ultimate screen stardom at the time when the motion 
picture was in its infancy, this charming star has pro- 
gressed with her adopted profession until the present 
time finds her among the most favored with motion pic- 
ture audiences. She is an actress of great talent, being 
especially adapted by temperament and inclination to 
portray roles of real dramatic value. She is of strik- 
ing appearance, dances divinely, and is noted for her 
athletic tendencies. It is not generally known that she is 
the mother of two wonderful daughters. ]\Iiss Rich 
is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs L35 lbs., and has brown 
hair and brown eyes. 



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HELENE CHADWICK was born in the tiny village 
of Chadwick, N. Y., on November 25th., 1897, 
and is a direct descendant of Lord Chadwick. Her 
mother was a singer and actress of considerable note, while 
her father was an executive of the silk mills located in 
the place of her birth. She began a professional career 
l)y becoming an artist's model and shortly after secured 
her first screen engagement. Helene Chadwick is one 
of the real beauties of the screen and couples with her 
feminine charms, a robust constitution which permits 
her to indulge in all manner of sports. She is an expert 
horsewoman and swims with more than usual proficiency. 
She is a capable actress bringing to the screen a full 
measure of charm and personality. Miss Chadwick is 
5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 130 lbs., and has light 
hair and large brown eyes. 



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NORMAN KERRY was born in Rochester, N. Y., 
on June 16th., 1897, and after graduating from 
De La Salle School, attended St. John's College, at An- 
napolis, Md. Mr. Kerry arrived in Los Angeles in com- 
pany with Art Acord, at a time when both men were 
without funds, and it was while wondering what they 
would do to earn a livelihood, that the two wandered out 
to University City, where Universal pictures are made, 
that Mr. Kerry was approached by a director, who mis- 
took him for an actor and offered him a small role. He 
made good at once, and since has worked with leading 
screen stars, himself arriving at stardom because of the 
general excellence of his performances. He is a natural 
athlete, favoring all outdoor sports. He is 6 feet 2 inches 
tall, weighs 190 lbs., and has black hair and blue eyes. 



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PAULINE STARKE was born on January 10th., 1900, 
in Joplin, Missouri, and received her education there. 
Early in youth she had exhibited marked dramatic talents, 
and when the old Triangle Film Company was formed 
"Polly'' journeyed to Hollywood, and a screen test proved 
that her plaintive personality projected itself perfectly 
with the result she was engaged for Triangle productions. 
She has since created many notable screen characteriza- 
tions, notably in "A Connecticut Yankee," and now is 
in the front ranks of the younger featured players. As 
an outdoors girl, Miss Starke ranks with others noted for 
their athletic tendencies, though she also spends much 
time with her books, and is an accomplished pianist, as 
well. She is 5 feet 3 inches in height, weighs 110 lbs., 
and has brown hair and hazel eyes. 



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FRANK KEENAN was born in Dubuque, Iowa, anc 
completed his elementary education in his home town 
after which he went to Boston where he became a studen 
in Boston College. Following this he made his first pujjlii 
appearance in stock, in that city, later going into vaude 
ville. He made his screen debut with the Universal Coiii' 
pany, and was immediately proclaimed as one of the bes 
players on the silver sheet. He has been starred b; 
Thomas H. Ince, and has headed his own company. Fo; 
a time he returned to the stage, making a great success o, 
his play "Peter Weston." He is rated as one of the 
screen's greatest character actors, always lending th^ 
dignity for which he is famous, to the roles he interprets 
Mr. Keenan makes a splendid appearance, being 6 fee 
1 inch in height, and weighing 170 lbs. He has blu( 
eyes and gray hair. 



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DOROTHY DEVORE was born in Fort Worth, 
Texas, on June 22nd., 190L and when but a wee 
httle lass her family removed to Los Angeles where she 
finished her schooling. Then came an engagement with a 
musical comedy company which was followed by a small 
part in a series of Universal Comedies. To her keen 
desire to work and to a charming personality to say 
nothing of rare beauty, this little Texas miss owes her 
present standing in the motion picture Hall of Fame. 
It remained for the shrewd Al. Christie to "discover" 
Dorothy, and it was in his comedies that she attained real 
prominence. She is a real screen comedian holding her 
audiences by the cleverness of her every characterization. 
She is an unusually good swimmer and proficient in many 
other forms of athletics. Miss Devore stands 5 feet 1 
inch in height, weighs 110 lbs., and has brown hair and 
brown eyes. 



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THEODORE KOSLOFF was born in Moscow, Rus- 
sia, on January 22nd., and when not training for 
the dance, went to school there. He began a professional 
career by playing the violin in the Imperial Theatre in 
Moscow, though he later danced with great success in 
the ballet at the same theatre. While studying at the 
University of Russia, he evinced great artistic tastes, 
seriously taking up sculpture and art. He became pro- 
ficient in both, meanwhile making great strides in his danc- 
ing. After a tour of Europe as a featured dancer, he 
came to New York City in 1910, and instantly scored a 
great hit. His acquaintance with Cecil De Mille gave 
him his first screen opportunity in 1917. He is 5 feet 
9 inches tall, weighs 175 lbs., and has brown hair and 
brown eyes. 



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BUSTER KEATON was born in Pickway, Kansas, on 
October 4th., 1896, and has virtually been on *'the 
move'' ever since, as, when he was but a few weeks old 
his family who were show folks of the old school, started 
on tour, taking young Mr. Keaton with them. Later 
he developed into a part of their act, and was "thrown" 
about the stage during the time he remained with his 
parents, Joe and Myra Keaton, who were acrobatic stars 
of the first magnitude. In 1917 he left the stage, and 
essayed an entry into the world of the silent drama. His 
success while working with Roscoe Arbuckle brought 
about his elevation to stardom. He is married to Natalie 
Talmadge, sister of Norma and Constance, and is the 
father of 2 children. Buster is 5 feet 6 inches in height, 
weighs 140 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. 



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NORMA TALMADGE was born in Niagara Falls, 
N.Y., on May 2nd., 1897, and received her educa- 
tion in the public schools of Brooklyn, N. Y. Hers has 
been a robust screen experience, she having appeared 
continuously since her 14th. birthday. Vitagraph gave 
her an opportunity as an extra, and mixing beauty and 
personality w^ith brains, this charming actress made the 
climb to screen fame and fortune, until today she is 
secure in the hearts of millions of motion picture **fans" 
of both sexes. Success brought her the opportunity to 
form her own producing company, and her greatest char- 
acterizations have been achieved under her own manage- 
ment. She is married, and very well read, her home pos- 
sessing a splendid library. Miss Talmadge is of highly 
artistic tastes, is 5 feet 2 inches in height, weighs 110 lbs., 
and has dark hair and brown eyes. 



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KENNETH HARLAN was born in New York City 
on July 29th., 1895, and attended Horace Mann 
School in that city. He attributes his stage career to 
the fact that he wished to achieve as much fame as an 
actor, as his mother achieved as an actress. Following- 
graduation from school, he joined Gertrude Hoffman's 
magnificent vaudeville act, and toured with her until he 
was engaged to play the juvenile lead with Robert 
Hilliard's "The Fortune Hunter" company. Soon after 
he was recognized as an actor of sterling qualities, and he 
became a great favorite. It remained for Lois Weber 
to induce him to appear on the screen, and from the very 
beginning he was successful. He has played with Con- 
stance Talmadge to good advantage. Mr. Harlan is 
married to Marie Prevost, is 6 feet in height, weighs 180 
lbs., and has brown hair and eyes. 



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ALLA NAZIMOVA was born in Yalta, Crimea, 
Russia, on May 22nd., and received her education 
in Zurich and Odessa, later attending the dramatic school 
at Moscow. She began an active stage career in stock 
playing in her native land, where she created a favorable 
impression by her work. Her American debut was made 
in Russian repertoire, and when the company which had 
brought her to America failed, she remained, mastering 
the English language, and then appeared on the stage 
in one success after another. Herbert Brenon intro- 
duced her to motion picture audiences, and she has since 
made a number of notable pictures. Alia Nazimova is 
married, is an accomplished musician, playing the violin 
with skill, and is at home astride a horse. She is 5 feet 
3 inches in height, weighs 116 lbs., and has black hair 
and violet eyes. 



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CARMEL MYERS was born in San Francisco, Cal., 
on April 9th., 1901, and in early youth lived in Los 
Angeles where she attended the local public and high 
schools, from which she graduated. Unlike most screen 
stars, Miss Myers made her professional debut on the 
screen, and then appeared on the speaking stage. She 
has won favor with New York musical comedy audi- 
ences, and has toured the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit 
in a striking act. D. W. Griffith brought this splen- 
did actress to screen fame. She is a deep student, spend- 
ing much time reading. She excels as a swimmer, often 
enjoying the water in her private pool. She has written 
poetry, plays tennis, and is an expert at chess, and prefers 
dramatic roles to decorative ones. She is 5 feet 7 inches 
in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has coal black hair and 
large brown eyes. 



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WALTER HIERS was born in Cordele, Georgia, on 
July 18th., 1893, and is a graduate of the Savan- 
nah Georgia High School. Coming north he attended 
Peekskill Military Academy. While there he decided to 
try his hand as an actor, and how well this delightful 
comedian succeeded is known to all. He is one of the real 
laugh makers of the screen, his rotund figure and facial 
contortions evoking much laughter. He began his pro- 
fessional career on the vaudeville stage in 1913, and it 
remained for D. W. Griffith to see his screen possibilities, 
for it was he who gave him his first opportunity. In 
1916 Famous Players cast him for a prominent part in 
"'Seventeen,*' and his rise to stardom since then has 
been a matter of satisfaction to his legion of friends. 
He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 200 lbs., and has light 
hair and eyes. 



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GLORIA SWANSON was born in Chicago, 111., on 
March 27th., 1898, and received her education in 
the schools of that city. Attracted to the old Essana\' 
Studio in Chicago, Gloria, then about 16 years old, was 
soon cast for minor parts. The urge to act was so great, 
she left her home for Hollywood where she secured an 
engagement with Mack Sennett. Tiring of comedy work, 
she found a place in a dramatic production, and gradually 
rose to her present high pinnacle of screen fame and 
fortune. She is a splendid actress, wears gowns with 
superb effect, and enjoys a tremendous following. She 
is fond of music and dancing, reads whenever the oppor- 
tunity presents itself, and has a baby daughter. Miss 
Swanson is 5 feet 3 inches in height, weighs but 110 lbs., 
and has brown hair and gray-blue eyes. 



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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS was born in Denver, Colo- 
rado, on May 23rd., 1894, and received his early 
education there. His father was a prominent attorney. 
In 1901 the family removed to New York City, where 
young Douglas received his first stage experience, when 
but 17. Later he entered Harvard University as a special 
student. Following this he earned his passage abroad 
and upon his return accepted a position in Wall Street, 
with a siege of law reading following, and then again the 
stage. Then came the screen and from his first appear- 
ance on the silver sheet he has steadily advanced to domi- 
nating proportions in the film world. His virile, romantic 
type of characterizations have brought him enduring fame 
and considerable fortune. He is an all-round athelete, is 
5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 165 lbs., and has dark hair 
and eyes. 



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CULLEN LANDIS was born in Nashville, Tenn., on 
July 9th., 1895, and received his education in the 
public schools of that city, after which he went to work 
as a newsboy. Gradually his grit and determination to 
succeed, brought him a minor department managership, 
and then with the wanderlust gripping him, he left home 
striking out for the West, arriving on the Pacific coast 
penniless. Driving a truck into the old Balboa Studio, 
in Long Beach, Cal., one day he decided that studio life 
suited him better, and secured work as a scene shifter. 
His screen career began by doubling for stars when a 
dangerous stunt was in the making. His work was 
creditable, and he began to appear regularly. He is 5 feet 
6 inches tall, weighs 145 lbs., and has curly brown hair, 
and deep blue eyes. 



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RUTH ROLAND was born in San Francisco, Cal., on 
August 26th., and received her education first from 
private tutors and later at the Hollywood High School. 
She appeared first on the speaking stage when but a child, 
later making a vaudeville tour. In stock she played with 
both the Belasco and Morosco Stock Companies of Los 
Angeles. In 1911 she joined the ranks of the fihii 
players, from the very first specializing in the thrilling 
serials of that day. Though first and foremost an actress, 
Miss Roland developed a streak of business acumen, and 
accumulated a fortune in real estate projects. She is noted 
as a fearless horsewoman, drives her machine and swims 
with great skill, and is a splendid golfer. She is 5 feet 
4 inches in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has auburn hair 
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NORMA SHEARER was born in Montreal, Canada, 
in 1903, and received her education at St. Paula 
Academy in that city. Preferring a career to the whirl 
of the society life to which she was born, Miss Shearer 
left a luxurious home in the Canadian metropolis, to 
make a name for herself on the screen. Discouraged by 
her parents in her ambitions, this plucky young lady 
determined to prove her talents as an actress, and in the 
face of much discouragement in her first efforts in New 
York, she has won her place in the Hall of Screen Fame. 
Playing small parts for some years, Norma Shearer was 
ready for the big opportunity when it came, and society's 
loss has been turned into filmdom's gain. She is a virile 
young miss, swims and plays golf and tennis superbly, 
and is 5 feet 5 inches in height, weighs 110 lbs., and has 
dark hair and blue eyes. 



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BEN TURPIN was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, 
on September 19th., 1874, and received an elemen- 
tary education in that city. He grew to manhood sur- 
rounded by the atmosphere of the stage, and began an 
active theatrical career in burlesque, playing with Sam T. 
Jacks Company, in Chicago. Deserting burlesque for 
vaudeville, he toured the country for 11 years, finally 
returning to Chicago where he joined the forces in the 
J^^ssanay Studio in a technical capacity. It was there that 
the famous comedian of the roving eyes, decided that he 
might screen in such a way as to create laughter. Mak- 
ing a test, it was soon evident that in Turpin, a potential 
screen comedian of rare talent was ^'discovered," and he 
was cast as one of the first slap stick artists. As a Mack 
Sennett star he has gained world-wide fame, and consid- 
erable fortune. He is 5 feet 4 inches in height, weighs 
125 lbs., and has dark hair and eyes. 



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LITA GREY was born in Hollywood, California, on 
April 15th., 1908, and received her education mainly 
from private tutors. She is a descendant of an old 
Southern California Spanish family, and was chosen by 
Charlie Chaplin from more than a score of talented and 
beautiful young women who applied for an opportunity 
to appear in Chaplin's "The Kid." From her very first 
appearance it was evident that youthful Miss Grey pos- 
sessed exceptional capabilities, rare dramatic expression 
marking her screen work. The friendship which began 
with Mr. Chaplin's interest in his new leading lady, has 
since culminated in romance, "Charlie'' having married 
delightful little Miss Grey, in Empalme, Mexico, where 
they were on location. A brilliant future is predicted for 
Lita, who is a brunette of a type characteristic of the 
Spanish race, weighs al^out 115 lbs., and is 5 feet 2 inches 
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CHARLES CHAPLIN was born in Paris, France, 
on April 16th., of English parents. From his earli- 
est recollections he turned his attention to the theatre 
playing in English music halls. Finally he was engaged 
by Fred Karno to tour America with his vaudeville act 
"A Night in an English Music Hall." In this he played 
the part of a rollicking drunkard and his many humorous 
antics and falls brought him to the attention of the motion 
picture producers when the act reached Los Angeles where 
it played at the Orpheum Theatre. He began work with 
the old Keystone Comedy Company headed by Mack 
Sennett, working in comedies with Mabel Normand. 
Sennett later starred him and his success was instanta- 
neous. He has since become one of the greatest of screen 
favorites. Mr. Chaplin is 5 feet 4 inches in height, weighs 
125 lbs., and has brown-gray hair and blue eyes. 



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CHARLES RAY was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, 
on March 15th., 1891. He received his education 
in his home town and in Los Angeles. From a beginning 
in amateur plays, staged in his home town back yard, this 
clean cut, wholesome young actor has bridged the gap to 
stardom in a comparatively few years. He was discour- 
aged in his ambitions by his father, who later admitted that 
Charlie would probably make a better actor than business 
man. To the late Thomas H. Ince must go the credit for 
developing this bright star of the silent drama. Mr. Ray 
has won his greatest fame as a delineator of youthful 
comedy-drama roles, relying upon his interpretation of 
young American country boys for a medium to entertain. 
He is married, is 6 feet tall, weighs 166 lbs., and has 
brown hair and brown eves. 



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LEATRICE JOY was born in New Orleans, La., on 
November 7th., and from early childhood evinced a 
keen interest in things theatrical. At the Sacred Heart 
Academy in New Orleans where she attended school, she 
was ever the leading spirit in the school plays. Fortune 
favored Leatrice when a local company was formed to 
make films in New Orleans. Her charm and grace im- 
mediately made her eligible for a trial, and ere long she 
was cast in serious roles. Preferring a career to the 
round of gaieties which were her privilege because of her 
membership in the southern social set. Miss Joy has 
made steady progress as an actress. Considerable effort 
is reflected in the rise of Miss Joy to stardom, as she 
met with many disappointments in her search for a 
career, after her arrival in Hollywood. She is 5 feet 
3 inches in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has black hair and 
large brown eyes. 



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LARRY SEMON was born in West Point, Miss., on 
July 16th., 1889, while his father's traveling show, 
known as "Zera The Great" was playing that town. His 
education was derived mainly from his parents, though 
he graduated from the Savannah Georgia High School. 
In early youth he had a splendid soprano voice. From 
his father, he inherited artistic talents, and soon Larry was 
drawing cartoons. He entered an art school, and later 
secured a position as cartoonist for the New York Herald, 
and other papers. Then he became interested in motion 
pictures, and visited the Vitagraph Studio, where a test 
proved that Larry's idea of a comedy make-up and fall 
would be a hit. He appeared on the screen, and imme- 
diately scored a great success. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 
weighs 135 lbs., and has light hair and gray eyes. 



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HOPE HAMPTON was born in Houston, Texas, on 
February 19th., 1902, and received her education 
in both New Orleans and Philadelphia. This beautiful 
and winsome star represents a rare type of screen beauty. 
She is a versatile young lady, being at home on the speak- 
ing stage as well as in the motion picture studio. After 
taking a finishing course in France, Miss Hampton, in 
1918 entered upon her professional career, and her beauty 
attracted attention from the very beginning. She is an 
accomplished actress, a true student of characterization, 
and is known as one of the best dressed women in screen- 
dom. She has a captivating personality, possesses a beau- 
tiful voice, and is a champion golf player. Earnestness 
stamps her every screen effort. Miss Hampton is 5 feet 
5 inches in hei.eht, weighs 125 lbs., and has gorgeous 
Titian hair and blue eyes. 



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RICORDO CORTEZ was born in Alsace-Lorraine, 
France, and received his education in New York 
City. After graduation from high school, Mr. Cortez 
decided to become a shipping broker, which occupation he 
followed for a short time, ere he developed a liking for 
the stage. After a short training course he made his 
debut in stock, and early demonstrated the possession of 
a wealth of histrionic talent. He started his screen career 
with the Pathe Company, and has since done notable 
work for many prominent producers. He excels in 
exotic characterizations, though his society roles have 
brought him a generous measure of "fan'' approval. Mr. 
Cortez is an athlete of considerable fame, being an expert 
swimmer, and he drives his racing car with great daring. 
He is an expert dancer, plays golf, is 6 feet 1 inch tall, 
weighs 175 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. 



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SHIRLEY MASON was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 
1900, and received her education from private tutors. 
This busy little girl began her professional career when 
Init 3 years of age. After gaining much popularity 
creating a child role in "The Squaw Man'* in support of 
William Faversham, she made her screen debut at the old 
Edison Studio in New York. Her first big screen role 
was "Bill Hawkins" in "Treasure Island/' and from that 
time on her services were constantly in demand, each new 
role winning new friends for her. She is one of the 
daintiest stars of the silver sheet, and is a sister of Viola 
Dana. Miss Mason is an enthusiastic motorist, and finds 
driving her car her greatest pleasure when at leisure. 
She is only 5 feet in height, weighs under 100 lbs., and 
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JOHN GILBERT was born in Logan, Utah, in 1895, 
and received his education at Hitchcock MiHtary 
Academy in San Rafael, CaHfornia. He made his 
first professional appearance with the Baker Stock Com- 
pany in Portland, Oregon, and has since appeared with 
other similar organizations, both permanently located in 
large cities, and on the road. His screen debut was made 
with the Thomas H. Ince Company, and he attracted atten- 
tion by his excellent work, being immediately cast for a role 
in a Mary Pickford production. He is undoubtedly one of 
the most popular of the younger screen stars, and is noted 
also as a capable director, having directed Hope Hampton 
in two of her ])est pictures. He has a most engaging 
personality which screens admirably, and is a splendid 
dancer. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 160 lbs., and 
has dark hair and eves. 



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FLORENCE VIDOR was born in Houston, Texas, on 
July 23rd., 1895, and received her education in that 
city. Her name was originally Florence Arto, and her 
father was a well known realty agent. She met King 
Vidor who at that time was directing a picture in Houston, 
and the two were married, later making their home in 
Hollywood. It remained for a Vitagraph director to offer 
her a role in a screen production, while she was visiting 
her friend Corinne Griffith at the Vitagraph Studio. She 
accepted, and Vitagraph executives, seeing in her beauty 
and ability, a possible "discovery," placed her under con- 
tract. Her success was quickly achieved. She is the 
mother of a strapping son, rides and swims with skill, 
and is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 120 lbs., and has 
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MARJORIE DAW was born in Colorado Springs, 
Colorado, on January 19th., 1902, and when still 
quite young removed to Los Angeles. She has been a 
professional actress ever since her childhood days. She 
is a striking example of what can be accomplished by 
youth before the camera, provided of course one is fitted 
by right of histrionic talents, for a screen career. She 
radiates charm and personality, and owes her success 
to this fact, inasmuch as it was because of her win- 
someness, that she first attracted the attention of screen 
celebrities who gave her a real opportunity to demonstrate 
what she could do. Her success was prompt, and today 
she is considered one of the most capable young actresses 
on the silver sheet. Miss Daw is 5 feet 3 inches in height, 
weighs a scant 110 lbs., and has pretty light brown hair 
and hazel eves. 



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RUDOLPH VALENTINO was born in Castellaneto, 
Italy, on May 6th., 1895, and spent the early years 
of his life on his parents' farm. Later he was sent to the 
Royal MiHtary Academy, and then to the College of 
Genoa. Seeking opportunity in America, the youth emi- 
grated to our friendly shores, and today he occupies an 
enviable position in the world of the silent drama. His 
first chance came when he was employed by Joan Sawyer 
to dance with her in vaudeville. Following this he sought 
an opportunity in motion pictures, but was accorded a 
cool reception by the Hollywood casting directors. He 
played minor parts, finally attracting the attention of Rex 
Ingram who started him on the road to stardom. He is 
married, is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 160 lbs., and has 
black hair and brown eyes. 



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EUGENE O'BRIEN was born in Boulder, Colorado, 
in 1884, and received his education there and at the 
University of Colorado. It v^as the w^ish of his parents 
that he become a doctor and Mr. O'Brien studied to fit 
himself for this profession. Lacking interest in this call- 
ing, he was persuaded to undertake the study of civil 
engineering, and finally took the bit in his teeth and 
left for New York where he searched for an oppor- 
tunity to appear on the stage. Becoming a chorus man 
he gained considerable experience, and played in musical 
comedy for a few years. Then came an opportunity to 
portray dramatic roles through the managerial wisdom of 
the late Charles Frohman, and from that period on Mr. 
O'Brien achieved greatness. Selznick finally introduced 
him to the screen. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 160 lbs., and 
has light brown hair and blue eyes. 



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ALICE CALHOUN was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and 
attended school in that city. From the earliest days 
of her memory this charming young lady craved a pro- 
fessional career and while she was still a high school lass 
of 16 she persuaded her mother to come to New York 
City where she secured an opportunity to appear in several 
Vitagraph pictures. Ere long she was marked by Vita- 
graph directors as being a splendid actress and at 17 was 
promoted to stardom. Hers is a rare personality. Pos- 
sessing a wealth of native ability, she has developed into 
one of the finest of emotional actresses. Miss Calhoun 
lives with a devoted mother who is her constant com- 
panion. She is a great reader, possessing a splendid 
library, in her Hollywood home, and she is also an ac- 
complished musician. She is 5 feet 5 inches in height, 
weighs 125 lbs., and has reddish-brown hair and hazel 
eves. 



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ELEANOR BOARDMAN was born in Philadelphia, 
Pa., on August 19th., and educated at the German- 
town High School in that city. Her family had planned 
a quiet home career for Miss Boardman but she, alive 
with a desire to make a place for herself on the stage, left 
her home arriving in New York with a few dollars and a 
great ambition. Modeling for artists and posing for 
photographers brought her a small income and then came 
a chorus opportunity with the Selwyns. This lasted o 
months. Vaudeville followed with indifferent success and 
then came a film opportunity. How well she embraced 
it is now history. Miss Boardman is an accomplished 
interior decorator and dancer, and through the power of 
her personality and histrionic talents bids fair to rise to 
real screen heights. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 
125 lbs., and has brown hair and gray eyes. 



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RAMON NOVARRO was born in Durango, Mexico, 
on September 20th., 1901, and is one of eight chil- 
dren born to Spanish parents. From youth he was 
taught the English language, and when the family made 
their home in Los Angeles, Ramon decided to try for a 
place on the screen. From the very beginning obstacles 
blocked his path, and the best he could do was to secure 
small parts where his great dancing skill was of value. 
He played in many pictures as an extra. To Ferdinand 
Pinney Earle, the artist, young Mr. Novarro owes his 
big screen opportunity, that gentleman casting him prom- 
inently for his production of "The Rubaiyat." From that 
time Rex Ingram took an interest in Ramon, and today we 
know him as a real screen star. He is 5 feet 10 inches 
tall, weighs 155 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. 



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SYLVIA BREAMER is another of the notable stage 
folk who were born in Australia, Sydney being her 
birthplace. She received her education in her native land 
and while attending school first evinced a decided leaning 
towards a professional career. Miss Breamer had the 
same uphill fight most professionals must have ere suc- 
cess smiles upon them. Following a tour of Australia in 
several American plays produced there, she came to 
America and began work in the Hollywood studios con- 
tent with small parts. She soon was cast for important 
roles and her splendid talents won her early stardom. 
Miss Breamer is a wholesome young woman, possessed of 
a charming personality and has a penchant for athletics 
which her dainty appearance belies. She is a splendid 
swimmer, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 125 lbs., and is a 
striking brunette type. She has dark hair and brown 
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BEN LYON was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and re- 
ceived his education in Baltimore, where he attended 
both the Baltimore Park School and the Baltimore City 
College. He is a gifted young actor, and bids fair to 
rise to stellar heights through the artistry of his every 
screen portrayal. In early youth Mr. Lyon displayed 
marked talent in amateur theatricals, and when the oppor- 
tunity presented itself for a professional career he was 
quick to grasp it. He has since won a place for himself 
in many legitimate stage productions, and made his debut 
on the silver sheet in an old Edison picture. Since then 
he has been m.uch in demand as a leading man for many of 
the most notable screen stars, and has proven himself an 
actor of great capacity. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 
160 lbs., and has dark brown hair and dark blue eves. 



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WILLIAM S. HART was born in Newburgh, New 
York, and in youth went west with his family 
where he learned to ride with great skill, growing to man- 
hood on the Idaho plains. At an early age he sought 
honors on the stage, and though he experienced great 
difficulty in getting a start he finally convinced a manager 
that he was good enough for a small part in "Hamlet," in 
which he made his first appearance. He then supported 
Madame Modjeska. At that time Thomas H. Ince 
made him an offer to appear on the screen and he 
was the first to introduce the "two-gun man'' screen 
characterization. His success was immediate and he 
quickly rode to fame and fortune. He is a great lover 
of dumb animals, his splendid ranch being the home of 
countless animal friends. His famous pony "Pinto" 
shares Mr. Hart's screen honors. He is 6 feet 1 inch 
tall, weighs 190 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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LAURA La PLANTE was born in St. Louis, Mis- 
souri, November 1st., 1904, and in youth removed 
to the west coast where she received her education, gradu- 
ating from high school. Immediately thereafter delight- 
ful little Miss La Plante decided that hers was a sufficient 
appeal to earn a place on the screen. Accordingly, she 
made application to directors in Hollywood, was cast for 
a leading role in Charles Ray's "The Old Swimmin' 
Hole,'' and won instant favor by her piquant personality. 
She is destined to become a bright star of the screen 
under the direction of the Universal Company, being 
possessed of genuine talent, and both beauty and person- 
ality. As an outdoors girl she spends her hours of 
recreation, being an excellent rider, and driving her car 
with real skill. She is 5 feet 2 inches in height, weighs 
112 lbs., and has brown hair and gray eyes. 



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REGINALD DENNY was born in London, England, 
on November 20th., 1891, and received his educa- 
tion in England. He is the son of W. H. Denny, who 
was a well-known player, being famous for his roles in 
Gilbert and Sullivan light operas. His grandmother was 
Mrs. Henry Lee of the Drury Lane Theatre. When but 
6 years old he made his first stage appearance, and when 
about 18 years old, arrived in New York, where he 
essayed to make a name for himself on the speaking stage. 
The screen world finally made a place for Mr. Denny and 
he achieved stardom through his realistic characterization 
in Universalis famous '^Leather Pushers'' series. He is 
a wonderful boxer, swims splendidly, dances and is an 
expert rifle shot. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 180 lbs., and 
has brown hair and hazel eyes. 



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MARY PICKFORD was born in Toronto, Canada, 
on April 8th., 1893, and made her first appearance 
on the legitimate stage when but 5 years of age, appearing 
with the Valentine Stock Company then playing in 
Toronto. Road work followed, with David Belasco 
finally offering her a Broadway engagement in ''The 
Warrens of Virginia/' D. W. Griffith then engaged her 
as a star for his Biograph productions, and she was 
teamed with Owen Moore. She is without doubt one 
of the greatest figures in the world of the silent drama, 
being a power both as an actress and executive. Famed 
in every corner of the globe, her earnings have often 
been more than a million dollars per year. She enjoys 
most outdoors sports, and takes particular pride in the ath- 
letic prowess of her husband, Douglas Fairbanks. She is 
5 feet in height, weighs 105 lbs., and has golden hair and 
hazel eyes. 



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ADOLPH MENJOU was born in Pittsburgh, and re- 
ceived his education at Culver Military Academy, 
later finishing at Cornell University. He began an active 
stage career shortly after leaving college, playing with 
great success with Grace George. Then came a period of 
five years in stock which was followed with a long vaude- 
ville tour. Vitagraph finally made him an offer to ap- 
pear on the screen, and Mr. Menjou was a success from 
the very beginning. His is a likable personality, one 
which projects itself into the hearts of his audiences in 
a most sincere fashion. He is a splendid character de- 
lineator, is married, and an enthusiastic lover of good 
music. He dances splendidly, is fond of golf, and swims, 
when his studio duties permit. He is 5 feet 10^ inches 
tall, weighs 155 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. 



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MARIE PREVOST was born in Sarnia, Canada, on 
November 8th., 1902, and in early youth arrived in 
Los Angeles where she lived with her family, and was 
educated in St. Mary's School, and later at the Glenn 
Taylor School in Alameda, California. While visiting 
the Sennett Studio in Hollywood she was asked to join 
a scene by Ford Sterling, who was directing a comedy and 
shortly after was offered an opportunity to appear in 
Keystone Comedies. Her success was immediate, her 
vivid personality and charming figure showing to splendid 
advantage in the comedies. She became a comedy star, 
and has since graduated into the ranks of dramatic stars. 
Athletics are her strong forte, she being an expert swim- 
mer and rider. She has never appeared on the legitimate 
stage, is married to Kenneth Harlan, is 5 feet 4 inches in 
height, and weighs 123 lbs. She has dark hair and blue 
eyes. 



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BETTY BRONSON was born in Trenton, New 
Jersey, on November 17th., 1906, and in childhood 
lived in Los Angeles, where her family made their home, 
and where she attended St. Mary's Academy. When 8 
years old she returned east and attended a New York 
City Public School, and later was a pupil at the East 
Orange High School. During this period she studied 
dancing under the noted Fokine. She has had a varied 
career thus far, and now bids fair to become one of the 
great stars of the screen. Her first big screen opportunity 
came in the title role in Barrie's *Teter Pan," though 
this opportunity was not achieved until the youthful star 
had served her apprenticeship, playing extras in Metro 
and Paramount pictures. She is a gifted young miss, 
speaks French, dances and loves to read. She is slightly 
built, is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 lbs., and has brown hair 
and blue eyes. 



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ALEC FRANCIS was born in London, England, on 
December 2nd., and received his education in Up- 
pingham College, England, and at Mt. Mellary Abbey, 
Ireland, specializing in the study of law. Graduating with 
honors, Mr. Francis found the practice of law distasteful, 
and immediately embarked upon a stage career. Then 
followed a period of army service during which Mr. 
Francis remained in India for 5 years. After that the 
stage again beckoned, and he appeared with indifferent 
success in musical comedy in Africa. Vitagraph then 
offered him a role in a picture, and from that day to this. 
Alec Francis has loaned the dignity of his screen por- 
trayals to the silent drama, making thousands of friends 
in and out of the profession. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 
weighs 150 lbs., and has gray hair and blue eyes. 



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GEORGE FAWCETT was born in Fairfax County, 
Virginia, on August 25th., 1863, and received a 
splendid education, being fitted to become either a scien- 
tist or legal light. However, the urge to write made 
itself manifest and young Mr. Fawcett wrote editorials 
for a newspaper. He has appeared on the speaking stage 
in England and America, supporting many of the noted 
players of his day. As an artist of the screen Mr. 
Fawcett is without a peer in the roles he portrays. His 
pet hobby is writing, and he occasionally plays golf. He 
reads constantly, and is very fond of animals, and is just 
the sort of peace-loving citizen he usually portrays in 
pictures. Mr. Fawcett is one of the most beloved of 
screen luminaries, is married, and has a daughter 23 
years of age. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 185 lbs., 
and has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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CONSTANCE TALMADGE was born in Brooklyn, 
N. Y., on April 19th., 1900, and received her educa- 
tion in Erasmus Hall High School in that city. Hers 
was no immediate screen success. Living close to the 
Vitagraph Studio, Miss Talmadge secured work as an 
extra, and after a long period during which she played 
bits and small parts, she finally sought honors in Holly- 
wood. Fortune smiled on fair "Connie'' and D. W. 
Griffith cast her in "Intolerance/' Her success was imme- 
diate, and she joined her sister Norma, in her meteoric 
rise to stardom. She has a rare gift for pantomime, and 
has won a tremendous following among lovers of the 
screen. Miss Talmadge is fond of all sports, especially 
of swimming, reads considerably, is an expert dancer, 
and is 5 feet 5 inches in height. She weighs 122 lbs., and 
has golden hair and brown eyes. 



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EDMUND LOWE was born in San Jose, California, 
on March 3rd., and received his education at Santa 
Clara College from which he graduated imbued with the 
idea that he would become a school teacher. While at 
college he had evinced a decided interest in college dra- 
matics, and though qualified to become a teacher, chose 
a theatrical career, making his first appearance with a 
stock company in Los Angeles. Gradually this handsome 
star forged to the front, and after a toiir of the country 
reached Broadway, where he appeared with great success 
in **The Sun-Daughter.'' He has since appeared with 
distinction on the screen, making his first notable screen 
success in Equity's production of '*Eyes of Youth." Mr. 
Lowe is a splendid dancer, swims and rides well, and plays 
golf. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 170 lbs., and has light 
brown hair and blue eyes. 



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LILLIAN GISH was born in Springfield, Ohio, on 
October 14th., and as a child her family made their 
home in Massillon, Ohio, where she received her educa- 
tion attending Ursuline Seminary. When less than 6 
years old Miss Gish made her first stage appearance, 
playing a child role with a traveling company, then in 
Kansas City. At that time Miss Gish also was an ac- 
complished child dancer, and often entertained in that way. 
Her screen debut was made with D. W. Griffith, and 
her rare dramatic talent soon found an outlet under Mr. 
Griffith's expert guidance. Hers is a wonderful cameo- 
like beauty, a grace and poise, unlike that of any other 
screen star, an appealing and plaintive personality which 
has endeared her to millions of film "fans." She is a 
lover of the outdoors, rides and drives well, and is 5 feet 
4 inches tall, weighs 112 lbs., and has blond hair and 
blue-gray eyes. 



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WILLIAM FARNUM celebrates his birthday wkh 
the nation, having been born on July 4th., 1876, 
in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his education in 
Bucksport, Maine, and soon after matriculating, made an 
active beginning towards the building of what has since 
become a most successful stage career. He appeared for 
the first time as a child, at the age of 9 years, and when 
but 16 was leading man for a stock company. He toured 
the country for 5 years as the star of the great stage 
spectacle ''Ben-Hur,'' and headed his own stock com- 
pany, specializing in Shakespearian repertoire. He is a 
brother of Dustin Farnum and the two scored a great 
success on the speaking stage in "The Littlest Rebel." 
Mr. Farnum is a powerful man, and scored greatly in 
the fight scene in the screen version of *'The Spoilers." 
He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 195 lbs., and has brown 
hair and blue eyes. 



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ELSIE FERGUSON was born in New York City, on 
August 18th., 1883, and received her education in 
Normal College in that city. There she qualified to be- 
come a teacher. She began her stage career in the chorus 
of a musical comedy production, and displayed so much 
talent, she was soon marked for bigger things, eventually 
becoming one of the most popular of stage stars. Fa- 
mous Players finally induced her to appear on the screen, 
and one of her earliest screen successes was *'Barbary 
Sheep," in which picture she created a most favorable 
impression. Hers is a personality rich in refinement and 
charm, while her classic beauty is known to all stage and 
screen "fans." She has appeared on the London, England, 
stage with considerable success, is 5 feet 6 inches in 
height, weighs 128 lbs., and has golden brown hair and 
blue eyes. 



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ANTONIO MORENO was born in Madrid, Spain, 
in 1888, and received his education in Seville, 
where his family made their home shortly after his birth, 
and in New York City where he attended the Catholic 
Sisters School and the public schools. He has had a broad 
stage experience, having appeared in support of many 
noted stars. With the popularity wave hitting motion 
pictures **Tony'' decided to try his hand in that field of 
endeavor, and found an extra part in a two-reel picture 
being made in New York City. Following this he played 
with Mary Pickford and a host of other favorites of that 
time, finally landing with Vitagraph as a serial star. 
He is one of the really popular male stars of the screen, 
possesses a friendly personality, is married and a great 
dancer. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 165 lbs., and 
has dark hair and eyes. 



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BETTY BLYTHE was born in Los Angeles, Cal., in 
1893, and received her education in the pubHc schools 
of that city, and later at the University of California, 
finishing with a short term in Paris. Following a long 
period of dramatic work on the speaking stage, Miss 
Blythe appeared in motion pictures making her debut 
with the Vitagraph Company, since which time she has 
worked for most important producers. Hers is a splen- 
did personality, and her ability as an actress has stamped 
her as one of the screen's brightest stars. Miss Blythe 
is married, is a popular entertainer in her social circle, 
l)eing the possessor of a beautiful voice, she at one time 
having studied for grand opera. She is one of the 
statuesque beauties of the screen, being 5 feet 7 inches in 
height, and weighing 140 lbs. She has dark hair and blue 
eves. 



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LEWIS STONE was born in Worcester, Mass., on 
November 15th., 1879, and when a youth his family 
made their home in New York City, where he was 
educated in the pubHc schools, and at the Bernard Military 
Academy. He is a veteran of two wars. After seeing 
active service in the Spanish-American War, he made his 
first stage appearance in 1900, which he followed with a 
road tour. The famous Belasco Stock Company of Los 
Angeles featured Mr. Stone for 6 years, after which he 
again returned to New York, playing on Broadway in 
many great successes. The World War claimed his at- 
tention, and he became a military instructor at Platts- 
l)urgh Camp. He finally appeared on the screen, and 
immediately impressed **fans" and producers alike, with 
his great talents. He is of athletic figure, and tendencies, 
is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 174 lbs., and has gray hair 
and hazel eves. 



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ENID BENNETT was born in York, Western Aus- 
tralia, on January 22nd., 1896, and was educated in 
Australia ere coming to America. She made her first 
public appearance on the legitimate stage in Sydney, be- 
ing content to essay minor roles. Like May Allison she 
made her first hit in *'Everywoman'' playing the part 
of Modesty. Arriving in America her search for work 
was a long one and not until Thomas H. Ince ofifered 
her a contract to appear in his pictures did the winsome 
Miss Bennett find steady employment. Since then her 
rise to stardom has brought her a legion of "fan'' friends. 
She strives to please at all times and is known to be a 
tireless worker. Miss Bennett is the wife of Fred Niblo, 
the director, has a baby daughter and is 5 feet 3 inches tall. 
She weighs 120 lbs., and has blond hair and hazel eyes. 



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GEORGE HACKATHORNE was born in Pendle- 
ton, Oregon, on February 13th., 1898, and received 
his education in that city. From earHest youth he had 
thought of a professional career, and at the age of nine, 
was playing in stock. He once did a vaudeville turn, 
singing creditably. His character depictions have won for 
this masterful young actor, the praise of all critics, and 
he is a great favorite of those motion picture "fans'' who 
appreciate real acting ability. He has proven by the 
excellence of his screen portrayals, that his is a rare art. 
He won general recognition as a star through his por- 
trayal of the name part in 'The Little Minister." Mr. 
Hackathorne is a splendid swimmer, a keen student of 
human nature, is 5 feet 7 inches in height, and weighs 
135 lbs. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes. 



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MADGE BELLAMY was born in Hillsboro, Texas, 
on June 30th., 1903, and is the daughter of a 
university professor. After making her debut on the 
legitimate stage at the age of 5, the family settled first 
in Denver and then in San Antonio, Texas, v^here Miss 
Bellamy entered St. Mary's Hall and completed her 
education. At the age of 15 she again made a stage ap- 
pearance playing the title role in *Tollyanna.'' Thomas 
H. Ince brought her to the screen and she has made 
steady progress in the silent drama. Miss Bellamy is an 
enthusiastic horsewoman, owning a spirited horse upon 
which she may be seen regularly on the Hollywood bridle 
paths. She is still a student devoting much time to 
reading and study. She has beautiful brown eyes, golden 
brown hair, weighs about 110 lbs., and is 5 feet 4 inches 
in heis^ht. 



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CLARA BOW was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on 
August 8th., 1905, and educated in the pubHc schools 
of that city. From early childhood she had evinced keen 
interest in things theatrical and when a prominent maga- 
zine staged a beauty contest Miss Bow was an entrant and 
easily won first place with the result that she was cast for 
a small part in a film production. Her dainty charm 
screened so well, she was ofifered an important role in 
*'Down to the Sea In Ships'' and it was in this remarkable 
])icture that she first gained national prominence. Since 
then she has advanced rapidly towards stardom. Miss 
Bow is typical of young American womanhood, indulging 
in all of the recreations which made her a favorite during 
her school days. She is an expert swimmer, and excellent 
horsewoman. She is 5 feet 3 inches in height, weighs 
105 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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JACK HOLT was born in Winchester, Virginia, on 
May 31st., 1888, and is the son of an Episcopal clergy- 
man. As a youth seeking a life of adventure he left 
his home and went to Alaska, where he prospected, later 
taking up civil engineering. He is a graduate of Virginia 
Military Institute. He began his motion picture career 
by doubling for a star who had to take a bad fall from a 
horse, and he performed the feat so well, a small part 
was ofifered him. He has been before the camera con- 
tinuously ever since, his outdoor life being reflected in his 
erect bearing and clean-cut personality, all of which photo- 
graph to great advantage. He is a popular star, usually 
playing roles calculated to win the approval of any 
audience. He is married and the father of three children. 
Mr. Holt is 6 feet in height, weighs 180 lbs., and has black 
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DOROTHY GISH was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 
1898, and received her education there and from 
private tutors. She made her first stage appearance in 
company with her sister LiUian, when but 4 years of age, 
appearing in ''East Lynne.'* She has since risen to great 
fame, both as a comedienne of rare talent, and as a dra- 
matic actress. She is married to James Rennie, the stage 
and screen star, and began her screen career at the time 
her illustrious sister did. Both appeared under Mr. Grif- 
fith's direction, and soon won fame through their superb 
screen characterizations. Miss Gish is an intensely active 
girl, swimming and riding being her favorite recreations. 
Though always seen on the screen with dark hair, she 
really has blond hair. The transformation was adopted 
to distinguish her from her sister. She is 5 feet tall, 
weighs 125 lbs., and has blue eyes. 



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J WARREN KERRIGAN was born in Louisville; 
Kentucky, on July 25th., 1883, and following an ele- 
mentary education in the schools of that city, attended 
the University of Illinois, from which he graduated. He 
began life as a clerk in a warehouse of which his father 
was the superintendent. There was much discussion in 
the Kerrigan household as to the young man's future. 
His mother favored the ministry, while his brother de- 
cided Warren should become a pugilist. He himself, 
however, decided upon the stage, and he made his debut 
in New York City, when but 18 years of age. After a 
road trip he returned to New York where he went into 
stock. In 1911 motion pictures held out a welcoming 
hand, and Mr. Kerrigan made the leap from obscurity to 
stardom in one bound. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 180 lbs., 
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MARION DAVIES was born in New York City, on 
January 3rd., 1900, and educated in that city, and 
at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, at Hastings. She 
is the daughter of a metropoHtan judge. She began her 
career in the stage production of "Chin Chin" where her 
beauty attracted the attention of prominent artists for 
whom she posed. Then came an engagement in Ziegfeld 
FolHes, after which she made her screen debut in *'Runa- 
way Romany" for which she also wrote the scenario. 
Miss Davies is an active outdoors girl, indulging in all 
sports, and is reputed to be one of the prettiest girls on the 
screen. The wealth of histrionic ability which is her 
birthright, has gradually matured, until today we have 
in her one of the most popular of screen stars. She 
has golden hair and blue eyes, weighs 120 lbs., and is 5 
feet 5 inches in height. 



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HOOT GIBSON was born in Tekamah, Nebraska, in 
1892, and began life as a cowboy. He is a typical 
westerner, was reared on the range, and when still quite 
young won a cowboy riding championship, after which 
he was signed to make an Australian tour with a circus. 
He began his motion picture activities with the Universal 
Company for whom he made a number of two-reel pic- 
tures, depicting life on the range. These pictures grew in 
popularity, and it was not long ere **Hoot'' was making 
feature length pictures and earning a goodly measure of 
**fan'' approval by his efforts. He is very popular with 
the younger movie patrons, his particular type appealing to 
the youthful fancy. He is married to a former vaude- 
ville player, and makes his home in Hollywood. He is 
5 feet 10 inches in height, weighs 160 lbs., and has light 
hair and blue eves. 



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THOMAS MEIGHAN was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., 
on April 9th., 1887, and received his education in 
that city. Though it was his father's wish that 'Tommy'' 
become a doctor, the desire for a stage career won out, 
and Mr. Meighan made his debut in his home town, 
playing an extra in Henrietta Grossman's production of 
^'Mistress Nell." Ten years later, while playing in Eng- 
land, he received an ofifer to appear on the screen, but 
turned it down. Returning to America he delayed his 
appearance upon the screen another three years, and then 
finally appeared in a Famous Players picture. Then came 
his big opportunity in *The Miracle Man," and Mr. 
Meighan rode to popular favor on the wave of approval 
which greeted this splendid picture. He is married, is 
6 feet tall, weighs 170 lbs., and has black hair and brown 
eyes. 



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MARGUERITE De La MOTTE was born in Du- 
luth, Minn., on June 22nd., 1903, and when a 
child her family removed to San Diego, Cal., where the 
pretty young miss was educated. She is the daughter of 
a former Duluth attorney, and from infancy liked to play 
actress. She began a professional career by appearing 
first as a dancer in a Los Angeles theatre. Douglas 
Fairbanks in search of a leading lady picked her for *'The 
Mark of Zorro," and her success was instantaneous. 
Little Miss De La Motte radiates a remarkably pleasing 
23ersonahty, bringing to the screen a freshness and charm 
welcomed by thousands of her "fan" friends. She pos- 
sesses rare dramatic powers scoring most when called 
upon to enact emotional roles. She is a lover of good 
books, is 5 feet 2 inches in height, weighs a scant 105 lbs., 
and has light brown hair and wonderful hazel eyes. 



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JIMMIE ADAMS was born in Paterson, New Jersey, 
on October 4th., 1895, and educated in that city. Mr. 
Adams though now known as one of the foremost 
screen comedians began his professional career as a choir 
boy. With experience gained in this way he branched out 
into concert work and then became a headhner in vaude- 
ville. Finally the lure of the films proved too great, and 
Jimmie made his appearance in the "Sunshine Comedies" 
made by the William Fox Company. Mr. Adams is a 
student of screen art and has recently scored a big per- 
sonal hit appearing in Christie Comedies made up in 
blackface. He is an enthusiastic golfer and has beaten 
many of his brother players in a round on the Hollywood 
links. He is 5 feet 8 inches in height, weighs 145 lbs., 
and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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VIOLA DANA was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on 
June 28th., 1900, and is a sister of popular Shirley 
Mason. She has been on the stage continuously since 
childhood appearing first when but an infant. She made 
her first visit to a screen studio when 1 1 years old and was 
immediately engaged for a small part in "The Christmas 
Carol'' made by the old Edison Company. Returning to 
the speaking stage she scored heavily in the title role of 
'The Poor Little Rich Girl." Following this she re- 
turned to the Edison Studio where she was cast as the 
lead in a number of productions. Since then her rise 
to screen fame reads as prettily as any romance. Miss 
Dana is an expert swimmer and horsewoman, and she 
delights in driving her huge motor car. She is one of the 
most diminutive of screen stars being but 4 feet 10 inches 
in height. She weighs 103 lbs., has brown hair and ap- 
pealing blue eyes. 



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MAY ALLISON was born in Riding Farm, Georgia, 
on June 14th., 1897, and received her education 
in Birmingham, Ala., and Cleveland, Ohio. She made 
her first professional appearance on the legitimate stage 
playing the role of '^Vanity'' in "Everywoman.'' Screen 
fame came to her as leading woman for the late Harold 
Lockwood, the two forming the popular Metro team of 
days gone by. Miss Allison is a most charming actress, 
always lending to her screen portrayals a full measure 
of her splendid personality. She is fond of pictures, the 
walls of her home being adorned with many of the 
masters. She is an able athlete and loves the outdoors. 
Of late she has undertaken the enacting of the more 
serious roles and her legion of ''fan" friends may look 
for a new May Allison when next they see her on the 
screen. She is 5 feet 5 inches in height, weighs about 
125 lbs., and has golden hair and blue eyes. 



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HAROLD LLOYD was born in Burchard, Nebraska, 
in 1893, and received his education there and in 
Omaha, Denver and San Diego, making many an extra 
dollar by his business acumen, demonstrated by his success 
as a newsboy, popcorn vendor, and amateur entertainer. 
Finishing school he headed for Hollywood, attracted by 
the $5.00 per day salary of extras. He secured work in 
the Universal Studio in 1914, bravely asserting that his 
ambition was to become a character 'actor. He had had 
experience with stock companies, and this assisted him 
to make fair progress in the films. The success he has 
attained stamps him as the peer in his type of enter- 
tainment. Mr. Lloyd is married to Mildred Harris, and 
the couple have a magnificent home in Hollywood. He 
is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 150 lbs., and has black 
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WARNER BAXTER was born in Columbus, Ohio, 
and educated in the Columbus schools. He is a 
most versatile young man, having been in turn, an in- 
surance agent, automobile salesman, and law student, ere 
he essayed to venture behind the footlights where he 
secured his first engagement in a stock company, and 
after two years of intensive work, the restless Mr. Baxter 
decided he had found his life work. Since that time he 
has made rapid progress up the path of fame and fortune, 
and today he is one of the most popular of leading men. 
He is an enthusiastic sportsman, giving much of his 
time to the pursuit of his favorite sports which are riding 
and swimming. Mr. Baxter is typical of the virile type 
of young manhood, and bids fair to develop into a 
sterling actor and star. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 
weighs 168 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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MARY ALDEN was born in New Orleans, La., on 
June 13th., and received the major part of her 
pre-professional education in Montreal. Miss Alden is 
one of the greatest of screen actresses, having created 
many splendid roles. Hers is a versatile art, she being 
able to portray age or youth on the screen with equal ease. 
She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic 
Art and owes her first screen appearance to D. W. Griffith. 
She is the proud possessor of a splendid library and in her 
earlier days essayed to become a writer serving on national 
newspapers in the capacity of reporter. Miss Alden is 
one of the best educated women on the screen. She is 
able to give to her screen portrayals a rare intelligence 
and she possesses great emotional powers. She is 5 feet 
4 inches tall, weighs 130 lbs., and has a fair complexion 
with black hair and green-blue eyes. 



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TOM SANTSCHI was born in Kokomo, Indiana, on 
October 24th., 1878, and after an elementary edu- 
cation, trouped with road companies for more than 10 
years, meanwhile also often playing the piano for a liveli- 
hood. He was one of the very first players of the legiti- 
mate stage to be attracted to the films, making his debut in 
the lurid one reelers of 15 years ago. It was Tom, who 
introduced fighting to the screen, he being for long the 
exponent of the rough and tumble films storv. His fight 
with "Bill" Farnum in Rex Beaches "The Spoilers'' will 
long be remembered as the greatest fight scene ever filmed. 
He is a big game hunter of renown, is a wonderful horse- 
man, and stands 6 feet 1 inch in height, weighing almost 
200 lbs. He has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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AGNES AYRES was born in Carbondale, 111., on 
April 4th, 1901, and educated in Chicago. She is 
one of the pioneer screen players having made her first 
appearance on the silver sheet at the old Essanay Studio 
in Chicago. Coming to New York she joined the Vita- 
graph players and soon was famed as the "O. Henry 
Girl'' having played the leading role in a number of O. 
Henry pictures. Miss Ayres is an ardent lover of sports, 
driving an automobile exceptionally well. Her personality 
lends itself to the depiction of the high spirited American 
girl and she makes her best screen appearance in such 
roles. Rose culture is her favorite pastime, her garden 
being one of the finest in Hollywood. She is 5 feet 4^/2 
inches in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has blond hair and 
blue-gray eyes. 



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KATHRYN McGUIRE was born in Peoria, Illinois, 
on December 6th., 1903, and later lived in Chicago. 
She was educated in the Jennings Seminary, at Aurora, 
111., and when 14 years of age went to Los Angeles with 
her family where she entered the Hollywood High School. 
Her ambition at that time was to become a famous dancer, 
and with that in view she undertook the study of danc- 
ing seriously. As a member of a dancing group in a 
leading Pasadena Hotel, she was seen by Thomas H. Ince 
who engaged her to do a solo dance in a Dorothy Dalton 
production. Universal followed with similar ofifers, and 
she was soon cast for regular roles in Sennett Comedies. 
Miss McGuire is a delightful little person, possessing a 
wealth of personal charm. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 
weighs 120 lbs., and has brown hair and hazel eyes. 



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BILLIE DOVE was born in New York City, on May 
14th., 1903, and received her education in private 
schools in that city. When but 14 she won fame as an 
artist's model and at 16 was prominently cast in the 
Ziegfeld Follies. When 19 she was headed for screen 
stardom and arrived in Hollywood to play a featured 
role in Constance Talmadge's picture "Polly of the 
Follies/' She is an accomplished young woman with 
highly artistic tastes and can be seen cantering about on 
a magnificent horse whenever she is at leisure. Miss 
Dove also is a splendid swimmer and dancer. She has 
appeared as a featured player in a series of Metro pic- 
tures and bids fair one of these days to be starred in her 
own right. She is a dainty little miss weighing but 120 
lbs., while she is 5 feet 3 inches in height and has brown 
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WALTER McGRAIL was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., 
on October 19th., 1894, and was educated in New 
York City. The stage attracted his attention early, and he 
appeared in comic opera for two years, and in vaudeville 
for three years, before joining Vitagraph, with which 
company he continued for more than five years. "Within 
the Law" and **Womanhood," two of his early produc- 
tions, firmly established his position in the screen firma- 
ment, and he continued to play similar roles with many of 
the leading companies. Frequently he has threatened to 
quit the screen for the stage, evincing a keen desire to ap- 
pear in a speaking role once again. Walter's favorite 
diversion is his automobile, one of the show cars of the 
West. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 172 lbs., and has black 
hair and blue eyes. 



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CAROL DEMPSTER was born in Santa Maria, Cal., 
on January 16th., 1902, and was educated in her na- 
tive state. Her first ambition was to become a dancer, 
and this was realized when she toured the country in 
vaudeville with the Denishawn dancers, students of Ruth 
St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Her first screen appearance 
was with D. W. Griffith in **Scarlet Days/' and she has 
since never appeared in pictures of any other director, 
Mr. Griffith having developed the talent of this dainty 
star. As one might expect, Miss Dempster's favorite 
diversion is dancing and it is her intention to return to the 
stage, if only for a short time, in the near future, so 
that she can gratify her ambition again to dance in public. 
One of the most beautiful of the stars developed by Mr. 
Griffith, she is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 118 lbs., and has 
dark brown hair and brown eves. 



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MOLLY MALONE was born in Denver, Col., on 
February 2nd., 1897. She was educated in Los 
Angeles and South Africa. Her first screen appearance 
was with Vitagraph but she has worked for many pro- 
ducers since that time. After a varied experience, she 
joined the Goldwyn Company as a member of the stock 
company, playing in many of that company's biggest pro- 
ductions. Miss Malone, who much prefers to be called 
Molly, is an outdoor devotee, being a particularly expert 
swimmer. One of her chief hobbies is interior decorating 
and the furnishings of her lovely Hollywood home are 
an eloquent testimonial of her aptitude for this work. 
Molly is 5 feet 1^ inches tall, weighs 100 lbs., and has 
brown hair and roguish brown eyes. 



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HELEN FERGUSON was born in Decatur, 111., on 
July 23rd., 1901, and graduated from the Nicholas 
Senn High School, and the Academy of Fine Arts, both 
in Chicago. She entered the business world as a ste- 
nogapher, following this by designing posters and 
doing a little writing. In 1915 she made her first 
appearance in motion pictures, for the Essanay Com- 
pany, with H. B. Walthall, and her work since then has 
earned the general approval of public and producers alike. 
She is an earnest little woman, devoting herself to her 
work with the utmost fervor. She is an expert at the 
wheel of a motor car, reads a great deal, and takes a 
lively interest in painting and art in general. Miss 
Ferguson is 5 feet 3 inches in height, weighs 123 lbs., 
and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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LLOYD HAMILTON was born in Oakland, Cali- 
fornia, on August 18th., 1887, and received his edu- 
. cation in the local public schools. His first motion picture 
appearance was under the direction of Marshall Neilan in 
1914, and later he made the famous "Ham and Bud" 
series of comedies. After making comedies for a number 
of short subject producers, he finally formed his own com- 
pany and has since been making great strides up the 
ladder of comedy fame. Mr. Hamilton is a versatile 
star, being a clever writer and director, as well as a first- 
class comedian. He is a great student of the silent drama, 
and very often introduces novel effects in his pictures. 
His droll characterizations have won him countless **fans" 
of all ages. Mr. Hamilton is a physical giant, being 
6 feet 2 inches in height, weighs 200 lbs., and has brown 
hair and blue eyes. 



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ROBERT AGNEW was born in Dayton Ky., in 
1899, and was educated in San Antonio, Texas, 
where his family moved while he was still quite small. 
His motion picture career was started in New York City, 
where he played several small parts with many of the 
larger companies, finally gaining recognition by Norma 
Talmadge, who selected him for leading juvenile roles 
in one of her pictures. He continued with Miss Talmadge 
for several productions. Then he journeyed to Hollywood 
where popular *'Bobby" continued his fine work. Mr. 
Agnew is an untiring traveler, spending every idle moment 
in exploring some land that is new to him. He is fond 
of sports, enjoying football particularly. He is 5 feet 
8^ inches tall, weighs 145 lbs., and has brown hair and 
blue eyes. 



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CLAIRE ADAMS was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and 
received her education in a local private school for 
girls, taking a finishing course in London, England. 
While attending school Miss Adams developed a fond- 
ness for dramatics, and her success in amateur theatricals 
prompted her to seek a professional engagement. Just 
at this time the World War broke on the horizon, and 
Claire immediately turned her time and attention to the 
needs of her country, devoting her time to the service. 
With the end of the war in sight, Miss Adams had made 
all plans to continue her career, but again something oc- 
curred to sidetrack her stage plans. This time the silent 
drama beckoned, with the result that she made her debut 
on the silver sheet in Hollywood. Miss Adams is 5 feet 
4 inches tall, weighs 125 lbs., and has black hair and 
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BEVERLY BAYNE was born in Minneapolis, Minn., 
in 1895, and received her education in that city, 
Philadelphia, and at the Hyde Park High School, Chicago. 
She is one of the pioneers of the screen, having made 
her debut at the old Essanay Studio in Chicago, where 
she was one of that company's first stars. She is the 
wife of Francis X. Bushman, former noted screen star, 
and has had a long professional career, her reputation and 
popularity being due to her years of stage and vaudeville 
experience. She has appeared in more than 500 photo- 
plays, a record not equalled by many. Her recent return 
to the screen was hailed with much delight by her thou- 
sands of former ''fan'' friends, and the reception of her 
pictures indicates that she is again a popular favorite. 
She is 5 feet 3 inches in height, weighs 116 lbs., and 
has dark brown hair and brown eyes. 



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CONSTANCE BENNETT, daughter of Richard 
Bennett, a stage and screen actor of note, was born 
in New York City, and educated privately there. Her 
first professional experience was as a dancer, but her 
piquant beauty soon made her much sought after by mo- 
tion picture directors. Because of the record she had 
achieved on the stage, she started her screen career as a 
featured player and has already given every evidence that 
she will develop into a star of the first magnitude. Danc- 
ing is one of her chief diversions, and this is not to be 
wondered at for there are few finer ballroom dancers to 
be found. Much of her success she attributes to her 
father, who has been able to give her the benefit of his 
full experience. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 126 
lbs., and has blond hair and flashing, deep blue eyes. 



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BARBARA BEDFORD was born in Prairie du Chien, 
Wisconsin, and educated in Chicago, where she 
graduated from the Lake View High School. She felt 
the urge to appear on the screen at this time and imme- 
diately set out for Hollywood, where she impressed Lam- 
bert Hillyer, William S. Hart's director, by her unusual 
beauty and charm, and despite the fact that she had had 
no stage or screen experience he cast her for a leading 
role in Hart's "The Cradle of Courage" and the girl's 
reputation was made overnight. She has a most engag- 
ing personality, and is known to be a sincere worker, 
spending much time in the study of her roles, ere she 
attempts to depict them on the screen. Miss Bedford 
is the wife of Alan Roscoe, the actor. She has a daughter 
born in 1924. She has dark brown hair, deep brown 
eyes, is 5 feet 4 inches in height, and weighs 130 lbs. 



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ANN CORNWALL was born in Brooklyn in 1897, 
and was educated there and at Catskill, N. Y. She 
has appeared in several New York stage successes, de- 
voting her attention chiefly to musical comedy. Now, how- 
ever, she has forsaken the stage and plans to spend all 
her time before the camera. Her progress in motion 
pictures had been slow at the start, but she suddenly came 
to the front, establishing herself on a firm foundation 
because of many notable characterizations. Though one 
of the smallest girls on the screen, she is more than or- 
dinarily athletic, being an excellent swimmer, tennis player 
and golfer. Dancing is one of her chief hobbies, while 
golf serves to fill her spare moments. She is only 4 feet 
11 inches tall, weighs just 100 lbs., and has brown hair 
and very dark eyes. 



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RAYMOND CANNON was born in Long Hollow, 
Virginia, on September 1st., and received his educa- 
tion in Knoxville, Tenn. He has been before the public 
for over 15 years, having had five years of legitimate 
stage experience prior to making his debut in motion 
pictures in 1915, with the old Selig Company. Griffith 
next gave Mr. Cannon an opportunity to demonstrate 
his histrionic talents, and he has since steadily climbed 
up the ladder of screen fame. Mr. Cannon is a student, 
and the walls of his library in his Hollywood home are 
lined with favorite books. His greatest hobby is riding 
a spirited horse, and he is equally at home in the water, 
being an excellent swimmer. He is a popular leading 
man, and has done some noteworthy character work. 
He is 5 feet 10^ inches in height, weighs 165 lbs., and 
has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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LIGE CONLEY was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on 
December 5th., 1897, and received his education in 
Los Angeles, where he removed with his family shortly 
after birth. He had considerable experience on the speak- 
ing stage prior to making his screen debut, having appeared 
in both vaudeville and road shows. His first screen 
opportunity came with his initial screen appearance in the 
old Keystone Comedies. Fox next gave him an oppor- 
tunity to demonstrate his skill as a comedian, and then 
came a starring contract with Mermaid Comedies, where 
his droll humor has won him many "fan" friends. He 
is possessed of a pleasant personality, is always eager 
to please his audiences with some new "stunt,'' and is 
a rabid baseball fan. At one time Mr. Conley was a car- 
toonist. He is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 125 lbs., and 
has brown hair and eyes. 



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EDITH ROBERTS was born in New York in 1901 
and was educated there, making her stage debut in 
that city when she was only six years old. At an age when 
most girls are still in school, she had to resort to private 
tutors to continue her education while she was playing 
in Nestor and Christie comedies. Her excellent work 
and her splendid screen personality soon won her recogni- 
tion, and she became a star with Universal. Her earliest 
work as a star established her as a light comedienne of rare 
qualities, and her more recent work has since won her 
high rank as a dramatic actress. She excels in riding, 
swimming and tennis, and is an ardent theatre goer. 
She is just 5 feet tall, weighs 105 lbs., and has light brown 
hair and brown eyes. 



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ALLENE RAY was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 
1903, and received her education there. She is 
the daughter of a prominent Texas ranchman and spent 
her youth on her father's ranch where she learned to ride 
with such skill that George B. Seitz, famous serial 
director, offered her an opportunity to display her skill and 
daring on the screen. Prior to her debut on the silver 
sheet, Miss Ray was on the speaking stage for a year. 
She was one of the winners of a beauty contest staged by 
a leading motion picture magazine, and though thought 
of first as a beauty, she quickly demonstrated that her 
greatest asset was her histrionic talent. She is naturally 
an outdoors girl, and the years spent on the ranch are 
reflected in her virile screen characterizations. Miss Ray 
is 5 feet 3^ inches in height, weighs 117 lbs., and has 
golden hair and deep blue eyes. 



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ETHEL GREY TERRY was born in Oakland, Cali- 
fornia, in 1898, and received her education in Rox- 
bury, Mass., where she attended Notre Dame Academy. 
Miss Terry had planned a career as an artist early in 
life becoming interested in painting. She developed real 
talent for art, but when an opportunity presented itself 
for her to appear in David Belasco's stage production of 
''The Lily," unable to resist the lure of the stage, she 
made her debut in this play, later being a member of 
various Shubert Productions. Stock next claimed her at- 
tention, and after a varied experience in every section of 
the United States, she returned to California where she 
has been cast in the lead in many screen productions. She 
is a tennis player, loves golf and swimming, and plays the 
piano. Miss Terry is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 117 lbs., 
and has brown hair and eyes. 



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ALBERTA VAUGHN was born in Ashland, Ky., in 
1906, and received her early education there. In 
1921, she moved to Los Angeles with her parents, and 
made her screen debut with Agnes Ayres in "'The Fur- 
nace" shortly after. After appearing in small parts in a 
few other features and in leading roles in Lee Moran and 
Clyde Cook comedies, she joined the Mack Sennett forces, 
playing with Harry Gribbon and Billy Bevan for a year. 
The road to stardom was opened to her on the comple- 
tion of her Sennett contract, when she was engaged by 
F. B. O. for the leading role in 'The Telephone Girl" 
series. Miss Vaughn is an outdoors girl, being a golf and 
tennis enthusiast, and a swimmer of considerable ability. 
She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 98 lbs., and has dark 
brown eyes and black hair. 



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FRANK MAYO was born in New York City, in 
1886, and received the major part of his education at 
Peekskill Military Academy in New York State. His 
grandfather brought him before the public as an actor in 
**Davy Crockett,'' and following a tour of the country 
in repertoire and engagements with various stock com- 
panies, he finally made his appearance on Broadway play- 
ing the lead in many successful productions. England 
was the scene of his next appearance. The silent drama 
next appealed to Mr. Mayo, and he appeared with dis- 
tinction as leading man for many screen stars, finally 
being elevated to stardom himself. He is a student of 
great renown, plays billiards with great proficiency, and 
rides and swims excellently. Mr. Mayo is 6 feet in 
height, weighs 165 lbs., and has brown hair and hazel 
eyes. 



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SEENA OWEN was born in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 
14th., 1896, and was educated at Bruno Hall there and 
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her stage career on her return 
to this country was a brief one, comprising six weeks with 
a stock company in San Francisco. Motion pictures at- 
tracted her and she joined the Kalem Company. After 
a brief engagement in minor roles, she left Kalem to ac- 
cept a contract with D. W. Griffith, playing one of the 
prominent roles in "^Intolerance." Miss Owen was for- 
merly married to George Walsh. She has a daughter, 
Patricia, about 8 years old. She is a tall, slender blonde, 
with bright, flashing blue eyes. Her name, Seena Owen, 
is her own phonetic spelling for her true name, Signe 
Auen. 



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MADELINE HURLOCK, the daughter of an Eng- 
lish father and an Italian mother, was born in 
Maryland, and received her early education there. After 
completing her studies in Philadelphia, she joined a local 
stock company playing in the Little Theatre of that city. 
From Philadelphia, she came to New York for a full 
season on the Century Roof. Like so many other musical 
comedy girls, she caught the eye of Mack Sennett, who en- 
gaged her at once for a series of comedies. Her screen 
debut was so satisfactory that she has appeared in many 
pictures the comedy genius has made. Miss Hurlock 
is a lover of music, being a regular attendant at the Phil- 
harmonic concerts in the Hollywood Bowl. She is 5 feet 
3^ inches tall, weighs 120 lbs., and has black hair and 
brown eyes. 



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JOHNNY WALKER was born in New York City, 27 
years ago, or in 1898, and received his education in 
the local public schools, later paying his way through 
Fordham University by spending the summer months 
playing in stock. He is a veteran of the screen, having 
launched his motion picture career in the old Biograph 
Studio. He then worked in the Edison Studios, playing 
leads for Edison stars of the day, including Viola Dana. 
The World War interrupted Johnnie's screen career, 
though immediately after the cessation of the hostilities 
he again began his screen activities, this time becoming a 
director. William Fox selected him for a leading role in 
"Over the Hill,'' and later he was starred. He has also 
been a film salesman, is an athlete of distinction, and is 5 
feet 11 inches tall, weighs 160 lbs., and has black hair 
and brown eyes. 



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RAYMOND GRIFFITH, who is a scenario writer 
as well as an actor, was born in Boston in 1890, 
and was educated there and at St. Anselm's College in 
New Hampshire. Starting his screen career as a writer 
of continuities, he had a thorough and comprehensive un- 
derstanding of all phases of production before he made his 
debut before the camera. His quick success indicates 
clearly that his early training has given him an excellent 
basis for his present work, for he has rapidly taken his 
place with the leaders. Mr. Griffith is an ardent sport 
enthusiast, being equally at ease in tennis, golf, handball 
and swimming. In fact, he makes his home at the Los 
Angeles Athletic Club when he is in California. He is 
5 feet 5^ inches tall, weighs 139 lbs., and has black hair 
and hazel eyes. 



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EDNA MURPHY was born in New York City, and 
received her early education at Manual Training 
and Bay Ridge High Schools in Brooklyn. Before she 
was 16 years old, commercial photographers had made her 
flattering offers to pose for them, and her alluring youth 
soon found its way into print. In 1919 Vitagraph gave 
her a small part, and failure in the beginning was caused 
by nervousness, though her determination to overcome this 
led her to accept ''bits,'' until she again was ready for her 
opportunity, this time making a success. As the flirtatious 
wife in William Fox's *'Over the Hill," Miss Murphy 
won recognition as an accomplished actress. She is fond 
of reading, riding, and driving her car, and gleans much 
pleasure from golfing. Miss Murphy is 5 feet 2 inches 
in height, weighs 118 lbs., and has blond hair and gray 
eyes. 



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EDWARD EARLE was born in Toronto, Canada, and 
was educated there. He has played on the stage 
in Canada and in the United States in many dramatic 
productions and has toured in vaudeville. He made his 
screen debut with Edison in the early days of motion 
pictures and has since played with distinction for many 
producers. His greatest success was with Agnes Ayres 
in a long series of two reel productions of O. Henry 
stories, which won him the title of "The O. Henry Man,'' 
which he will never lose. Had he not decided on a theatri- 
cal career, he might have been an artist, an aviator or 
an automobile racing driver, for he has tried his hand at 
each and was uniformly successful in all. He is 5 feet 
\iy2 inches in height, weighs 165 lbs., and has brown hair 
and light eyes. 



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GERTRUDE OLM STEAD was born in Chicago, 
Illinois, on November 13th., 1904, and received her 
education in La Salle, Illinois. She was the winner of 
a beauty contest conducted by a newspaper of her home 
city, and was selected from thousands of contestants. 
Journeying to Universal City, she received her screen 
opportunity, and acquitted herself so well, that she was 
tendered a contract to remain with the Universal Com- 
pany for whom she has made many pictures. She is a 
strikingly beautiful girl, dances to perfection, and spends 
much time in study and reading. As a golfer she ranks 
high, and on the tennis courts she holds her own with 
many noted players. She has won a host of "fan'' 
friends by her sincere efforts on the silver sheet, and is 
5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 110 lbs., and has beautiful 
light brown hair and gray-blue eyes. 



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MIRIAM BATTISTA was born in New York City, 
on July 14th., 1914, and is receiving her education 
from private tutors. This remarkably talented child 
actress made her stage debut with Maude Adams in "A 
Kiss For Cinderella,'' later playing with Nazimova in 
''A DolFs House/' Henry Miller and many other stars 
of the legitimate stage have cast her for their produc- 
tions, and her characterizations both on stage and screen 
have delighted her vast number of ''fan" friends of all 
ages. Frank Borzage, whose gripping screen drama 
"Humoresque" scored such a wonderful success brought 
Miriam her first important screen role, and the child has 
since appeared with distinction in many productions. 
She is endowed with rare dramatic talent, and excels as 
a mimic. She is 4 feet 7 inches, weighs 81 lbs., and has 
black hair and shining black eyes. 



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GEORGE WALSH was born in New York City, on 
March 16th., 1892, and received his education in 
Georgetown University, in Washington, D. C., later tak- 
ing a post-graduate course at Fordham University. He 
is a splendid athlete, serving his college teams with dis- 
tinction. He has achieved fame as an amateur boxer, 
and "lasted" a number of rounds with Jack Dempsey 
in an exhibition bout. Deciding to take a trip to the 
Pacific coast, he met D. W. Griffith, who immediately 
engaged him to appear in "Intolerance." He is a brother 
of Rauel Walsh, noted director, and has created a million 
"fan" friends by his winning personality. At one time 
he was voted the most popular screen star by the resi- 
dents of Cuba. Mr. Walsh is 5 feet 11 inches in height, 
weighs 175 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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HENRY B. WALTHALL was born in Shelby 
County, Alabama, on March 16th., 1878, and in 
youth removed to Colorado, where he received his educa- 
tion, and when 18 years old, launched himself upon a 
stage career. He made his first screen appearance in 
1910, and reached stardom when pictures were still con- 
sidered as a novelty. Later his work in D. W. Griffith's 
'The Birth of a Nation" brought him lasting fame. 
The artistry of his every screen characterization is among 
the fondest memories of both former and present day 
motion picture *'fans," and he is beloved by all who know 
him because of his charming personality. Mr. Walthall 
took an active part in the Spanish-American War. He 
then studied law for a few months but gave it up to 
appear in stock. He is 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 
130 lbs., and has gray hair and brown eyes. 



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VIRGINIA VALLI was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 
1897, and received her education in that city. Fol- 
lowing her graduation from school, Miss Valli made her 
first professional appearance as a dancer, dancing being 
her youthful ambition. Her screen debut at the old 
Essanay Studio in Chicago followed a short engagement 
with a stock company in Milwaukee. New York City 
next claimed petite Virginia's attention, and while there 
she played in a number of Broadway successes. Bert 
Lytell next chose Miss Valli as his leading lady, which 
brought her to Hollywood, where she has since been 
starred by the Universal Company. Miss Valli is one of 
the real athletic girls of the screen. She is an ardent 
advocate of the outdoors life, being an excellent hiker, 
swimmer and tennis player. She is 5 feet 3 inches in 
height, weighs 122 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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DAVID TORRENCE was born in Edinburgh, Scot- 
land, and was educated there and in England and 
Germany. His stage experience has been wide and 
varied, as he played for more than eight years with 
Richard Mansfield, Maude Adams, and Ethel Barrymore 
in New York before appearing on the silver sheet. One 
of his first outstanding screen successes, of which there 
have since been many, was "'Inside of the Cup/' Like his 
better known brother, Ernest, he confines his activities 
to character roles which demand the fullest of his power- 
ful personality. Mr. Torrence is an avid reader, and 
much of his time is spent in the library of his beautiful 
Beverly Hills home. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 196 
lbs., and has black hair and hazel eyes. 



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VERA REYNOLDS was born in Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, in 1903, and received her education both in 
the city of her birth and in Los Angeles. She made her 
first appearance on the screen when but 13 years old, 
playing in Christie, Sennett, and Gayety comedies. 
After many appearances in the comedy field. Miss 
Reynolds was selected for a role in Universal's ^'Hearts 
of Oak,'' and so well did she impress her critics, that 
Paramount later engaged her for its stock company. 
Miss Reynolds is distinctly an athletic type of girl, being 
an excellent sv/immer and surf board rider, as she demon- 
strated in 'Teet of Clay/' She drives a car and plays 
golf, and admits that her hobby is reading. She is 5 feet 
1 inch in height, weighs 110 lbs., and has blond hair 
and blue eyes. 



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HOUSE PETERS was born in Bristol, England, 
in 1888, and received his education there and in 
Australia. It was in the latter country that he first ap- 
peared on the legitimate stage and obtained a thorough 
foundation in the art of acting. Prior to his first stage 
experience, Mr. Peters spent considerable time in ex- 
plorations and mining, and also at one time served as a 
mining engineer. He is a globe-trotter, having visited 
practically every portion of the world. His stage experi- 
ence as well as his screen experience has been drawn 
across a most colorful background, Mr. Peters having 
appeared with success in plays ranging from ''Ten Nights 
in a Barroom'' to Shakespearian drama. He is 6 feet 
2 inches in height, weighs 190 lbs., is married, has two 
children, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. 



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ALMA RUBENS, a daughter of the Golden West, 
was born and educated in San Francisco, Cal. 
She went to the studios direct from school, appearing for 
Triangle in '^Master of His Home,'' *'Blue Blood" and 
other well remembered photoplays of those early days. 
Her rare, exotic type of beauty has gained her wide 
favor with lovers of photoplays. Her greatest achieve- 
ment, incidently the greatest work of Frank Borzage, 
the director, was Fannie Hurst's *'Humoresque," which 
must be rated as one of the finest pictures of all time, 
and in which she gained a secure foothold on the ladder 
of screen fame. Miss Rul^ens is a lover of music. She 
is also fond of dancing, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 130 
lbs., and has black hair and dark brown eyes. 



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LUCILLE RICKSEN was born in Chicago, 111., and 
received her education there and from private 
tutors. When a child she appeared on the legitimate stage 
for a year prior to making her screen debut at the old 
Essanay Studios of Chicago. With the closing of these 
studios she journeyed to California where she attracted 
much attention by her clever work with **Buddy'' 
Messinger, in a series of Booth Tarkington comedies 
depicting child life made by Goldwyn. With childhood 
a memory, she appeared in the Palmer Photoplay Cor- 
poration's production "'Out of the Storm/' as a grown- 
up. She is one of the most promising of the younger 
leading women, is 5 feet 2^ inches tall, weighs 112 lbs., 
and has blond hair and brown eyes. 



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JACK PICKFORD was born in Toronto, Canada, in 
1896, and has achieved stellar screen honors. Join- 
ing Mary and Lottie, his sisters, he appeared in stock 
as a child, and he has since had an active career on both 
stage and screen. In 1910 he appeared in a number of 
Biograph pictures made in New York City. He was 
starred then by Pathe in boy stories, and later supported 
Marguerite Clark. Famous Players starred him in 1916, 
and then he formed his own company. He is the husband 
of Marilyn Miller, famous stage star, is a noted athlete, 
excelling at tennis and swimming, and has proven himself 
an able horseman. Mr. Pickford is of a serious turn of 
mind, spending much time reading, and has a fine 
library. He is 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 130 lbs., 
and has dark hair and brown eyes. 



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ZASU PITTS was born in Parsons, Kansas, in 1898, 
a,nd received her education in the schools of Santa 
Cruz, California, where she lived as a young girl. Miss 
Pitts began screen work shortly after leaving school, 
and was recognized as a character actress of consider- 
able skill from her very first screen appearance. Her 
screen portrayals are all vivid, true to life pictures, en- 
hanced in value by her plaintive personality, with its deep 
emotional qualities. Miss Pitts is the wife of Tom 
Gallery, himself a well-known screen player, and the 
couple have a child. She is fond of music and art, many 
beautiful oils adorning the walls of their lovely 
Hollywood home. Musical evenings form her favorite 
recreation, and she is 5 feet 6 inches in height, weighs 
115 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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EILEEN PERCY was born in Belfast, Ireland, and 
was educated there and in New York City. Her 
career has been truly sensational. At eleven she was an 
artist's model, and at fourteen she made her first ap- 
pearance on the stage in a musical comedy. Four years 
later, she was starred in motion pictures. Her stage 
debut was in 'The Bluebird," in which she played every 
major part before the end of its run. Her first screen 
appearance was with Douglas Fairbanks and she con- 
tinued as his leading woman for six pictures, earning 
her right to stardom. Her chief interest is her work 
and she devotes much of her time to the study of screen 
technique. Miss Percy is considered one of the real 
beauties of the screen, is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 
125 lbs., and has blond hair and hazel eyes. 



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DAVID POWELL was born in Glasgow, Scotland, 
and from youth exhibited a yearning for a career 
as an actor. This however was discouraged by his 
family, and he finally became a broker. The stage 
offered him an outlet for his natural abilities as an 
actor, and he embarked upon such a career, winning fame 
and fortune by right of a long and successful career in 
the support of many noted British and American stars. 
He made his debut on the screen with the Old World 
Film Corporation, and was immediately sought by many 
prominent producers, because of the clean-cut manner 
in which he handled the roles entrusted to his capable 
talents. He is an enthusiastic deep sea fisherman, col- 
lects antique furniture. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 
weighs 165 lbs., and has dark hair and eyes. 



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PAT O'MALLEY was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 
September 3rd., 1892, and received his education 
in Forest City, Pa. Curiously, after graduating, Mr. 
O'Malley again returned abroad, and it was there he 
made his first stage appearance, appearing in stock in 
Great Britain, France and Germany. Once again in 
America, Metro gave him an opportunity to project his 
smiling personality into the hearts of a multitude of will- 
ing ''fans,'' with the result that he soon won a host of 
friends, including Marshall Neilan, who featured him. 
He is a clean-cut, virile type, has decided athletic ten- 
dencies, and is known as an excellent swimmer, golfer, 
and hiker. Mr. O'Malley is always pleasing in his screen 
characterizations. He is almost 6 feet in height, weighs 
160 lbs., and has dark hair and blue eyes. 



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JANE NOVAK was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and 
is a graduate of the famous Notre Dame Convent of 
that city. Her father was a newspaper editor in St. 
Louis and offered no objections when youthful Jane 
suggested she become an actress. Vaudeville offered her 
the first opportunity, and later she entered the musical 
comedy field. Los Angeles beckoned and beautiful Jane 
made her debut in pictures, appearing with great success 
in *'Eyes of the World." Finally she became leading 
lady for William S. Hart, and then graduated to star- 
dom in her own right. Years of picture work have left 
no mark upon her, she still possessing that unspoiled 
charm which characterized her first public appearance. 
She is a splendid swimmer, plays golf excellently, is the 
mother of a wonderful daughter, and is 5 feet 7 inches 
tall. She weighs 125 lbs., has blond hair and expressive 
blue eyes. 



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MABEL NORMAND was born in Boston, Mass., 
on November 10th., 1894., and received her edu- 
cation in St. Mary's Convent at Northwest Port, Mass. 
Becoming an artist's model for Charles Dana Gibson, 
she was soon sought by other noted artists, and thus se- 
curely launched upon a professional career. Her friend, 
Alice Joyce, then also a model suggested to her that she 
try the screen, so in 1910 she appeared in a Biograph 
picture of which D. W. Griffith was the director. She 
achieved stardom when Mack Sennett engaged her for 
his Keystone Comedy unit, and has since had a colorful 
career. She is noted for her great generosity, having 
assisted many girls in need of help. She is 5 feet 4 
inches tall, weighs 120 lbs., and has dark hair and laugh- 
ing brown eyes. 



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RAYMOND McKEE was born in Iowa, and re- 
ceived his education in Illinois. He is possessed 
of a wide legitimate stage experience, having served 
not only as an actor, but also as a manager. He has ap- 
peared in stock in Chicago, Atlanta and New York, and 
has assumed many leading roles in successful musical 
comedies on the Broadway stage. Edison launched him 
on a screen career, after which he appeared for many of 
the more important producers. As leading man for 
Shirley Mason, he created what is probably a record, 
appearing with the diminutive star in 19 pictures. He 
boasts of a grandfather, now 100 years old and resid- 
ing with him in Hollywood, who was Abraham Lincoln's 
campaign manager. Mr. McKee is married to charming 
Marguerite Courtot, also a screen star, raises Boston 
bull pups as a hobby, and is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 
150 lbs., and has brown hair and gray eyes. 



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WEX MOuRii 



wa.^ 



born in Ireland, and came to 



V-/ America with his family when but 11 years old, 
the family settling in Toledo, Ohio. There Owen re- 
ceived his education, and while still in school, decided 
that th ^ /.eld the greatest attraction for him. Ac- 
cording. _ :: ur.der 13 years of age, he made his first 
appearance. Followed then a tour with a road company, 
and then in 1909, the awakening of his interest in motion 
pictures. He was one of the first players to be starred 
upon the silver sheet by D. W. Griffith, playing with 
Mary Pickford, whom he subsequently married. He is 
a great baseball ''fan," fond of boxing, and swims with 
rare skill. His golf trophies are numerous, and 
his hiking records are sc^mrthing for professionals to 
shoot at. Mr. Moore is married again, has a happy home 
in Holl\'^vood, is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 155 lbs., 
and has dark hair and blue eves. 



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TULLY MARSHALL was born in Nevada City, 
California, on April 13th., and received his educa- 
tion at the University of Santa Clara. He has had a 
long and varied stage career, having appeared before the 
footlights for upwards of 35 years, during which time he 
served not only as actor but assumed the duties of man- 
ager, director, and producer as well. He is a world 
traveler. Mr. Marshall made his screen debut by re- 
enacting on the screen, one of his big character successes 
of the speaking stage — "Paid in Full.'' Since then he 
has appeared in many screen successes, his splendid 
artistry contributing towards successful productions. He 
is the husband of Marion Fairfax, prominent writer and 
director, is a great reader, and is 5 feet 9^ inches in 
height. Mr. Marshall weighs 153 lbs., has brown-gray 
hair, and penetrating brown eyes. 



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WALLACE MacDONALD was born in Mul- 
grave, Nova Scotia, on May 5th., 1891, and re- 
ceived his education there, after which he appeared with 
local stock companies. He has since fulfilled stock en- 
gagements in San Francisco, British Columbia, and 
Arizona. After 10 years of stage experience, Mr. 
MacDonald decided to try his fortune in the world of the 
silent drama, essaying a start in the old Triangle pic- 
tures. Since then he has had a colorful career, appear- 
ing opposite some of the screen's greatest girl stars. His 
work is always pleasing, and he numbers thousands of 
film "fans" as his personal followers. Mr. MacDonald 
swims and rides, and is noted as a splendid golfer. He 
is interested in writing, spending much spare time in this 
art. He is an indefatigable worker, and at times directs 
pictures. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 150 lbs., and 
has black hair and dark brown eyes. 



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JAMES WOODS MORRISON was born at Mattoon, 
111., and after a liberal arts education at the Univer- 
sity of Chicago, entered upon a stock and vaudeville 
career which led him straight to Vitagraph, where he 
started his screen career. He first came into prominence 
with that company when he was starred for two years in 
a series of productions with Dorothy Kelley. His screen 
work was interrupted when he enlisted for the World 
War, but, after his discharge, he returned to find that 
his public had not forgotten him. Though a great reader, 
**Jinimy'' finds much time for outdoor sports of which 
tennis and motoring predominate. He is 5 feet 8 inches 
tall, weighs 135 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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DOROTHY MacKAILL was born in Hull, Eng- 
land in 1903, and was educated in her native town 
and in London. Upon completion of her academic 
studies, she was privately tutored in dancing and sing- 
ing in preparation for the stage career she had set her 
heart on. Her first professional appearance was at the 
London Hippodrome, after which she came to America, 
where she has since made her home. After several minor 
engagements in New York, she joined the Flo Ziegfeld 
forces at the Midnight Frolic, the training school of 
so many screen stars. Her chief diversion, once her 
means of livelihood, is dancing, although she has become 
a golf enthusiast since her residence in Hollywood. She 
is 5 feet tall, weighs 121 lbs., and has blond hair and 
hazel eyes. 



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MARGARET LIVINGSTON was born and edu- 
cated in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attracted by the 
lure of the movies, she left Salt Lake immediately after 
her graduation from high school to try her luck in Holly- 
wood, the studioland of the West. After a varied experi- 
ence in small parts, she had her first real chance in the 
leading role of a serial, **The Social Buccaneers/' Her 
splendid work in that picture attracted much attention 
and she has been coming rapidly to the front since that 
time. A typical American girl, she is a lover of outdoor 
sports, being particularly adept at tennis and golf. 
Many times her athletic accomplishments have been 
called into play in her picture work. She is 5 feet 3 
inches tall, weighs 118 lbs., and has auburn hair and 
brown eyes. 



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JOSEPH KILGOUR was born in a small town in 
Ontario, Canada, and was educated there and in Eng- 
land, where his stage career was started. Like many 
of the older character actors of the stage, Mr. Kilgour 
turned to the screen after twenty years behind the foot- 
lights. '^Arizona" and "The Easiest Way" stand out 
prominently among his many stage successes, the latter 
play later affording him an excellent screen vehicle. Mr. 
Kilgour, a veteran of the stage, is likewise a veteran of the 
silent drama, having been among those present in the 
earliest two reel dramas. He is a keen student and a 
diligent reader, spending much of his time with his 
books. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 200 lbs., and 
has dark brown hair and dark gray eyes. 



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JAMES KIRKWOOD was born in Grand Rapids, 
Mich., on February 22nd., and received his early edu- 
cation there. As an actor and director, he is one of 
the veterans of the screen, having been associated v^ith 
Biograph and Rehance in the earHest days of pictures. 
Prior to his screen debut, he had a most successful stage 
career, which he decided to forego for motion pictures 
at the time when many stage players scoffed at the new 
art. Mr. Kirkwood starred on the New York speaking 
stage in ''The Fool," one of the most sensational dramas 
of recent years. Mr. Kirkwood is a sportsman of note, 
devoting much of his time to thoroughbred horses. He 
is the husband of Lila Lee, and the couple have a young 
daughter. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 170 lbs., and has 
light hair and deep blue eyes. 



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KATHLEEN KEY was born in Buffalo, N.^ Y., in 
1903, and moved with her family to an isolated 
ranch between Los Angeles and San Francisco while she 
was still a baby. Until she was nine years old, when her 
family moved to Los Angeles, she rode several miles 
daily to attend a small country school. Her early ambi- 
tion, encouraged by her ability at sketching, was to be- 
come a commercial artist. It was inevitable, however, 
that the nearby studios were to draw her from her first 
love, and so, she was soon playing small parts. Then 
followed a trip to Australia to play leading roles in 
eight pictures. Her chief off-screen diversions are riding 
and dancing, in both of which she excels. She is 5 feet 
3 inches tall, weighs 118 lbs., and has dark hair and brown 
eyes. 



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IAN KEITH was born in Boston and received his 
early education in that city. At the age of eleven, 
he made his first stage appearance, and then he returned 
to school, being privately tutored at the same time in 
Shakespearian repertoire. Later he toured with a Shake- 
spearian company, playing at various times almost every 
important role of the great poet. It was while playing 
on the New York stage in that great success, ''Laugh, 
Clown, Laugh" that he made his screen debut, appearing 
in ^'Manhandled" in a local studio. Like many others of 
the stars, Mr. Keith is an enthusiastic golfer, finding in 
this popular sport the stimulating exercise and relaxation 
that is necessary to prepare himself for the double work 
of motion pictures and the stage. He is 5 feet 10 inches 
tall, weighs 155 lbs., and has black hair and blue eyes. 



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JULANNE JOHNSTON was born in Indianapolis, 
Indiana, and when an infant her family settled in 
Pittsburgh, Pa., and after a short stay they moved to 
Los Angeles, where fair Julanne attended the Hollywood 
School for Girls, from which she was graduated. Mean- 
while she had been studying dancing and went on tour 
with the Ruth St. Denis Concert Dancers, which led to 
her first screen engagement, in the capacity of a dancer. 
Picture ''bits'' followed, and then a vaudeville tour. 
Miss Johnston scored a great success on the screen as 
the Princess in "The Thief of Bagdad.'' She has also 
appeared in Fox comedies, is a globe-trotter of fame, 
and swims, rides, hikes, plays tennis and golf, and owns 
to a love of flowers. She is 5 feet 6 inches in height, 
weighs 120 lbs., and has brown hair and gray eyes. 



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HEDDA HOPPER was born in Hollidaysburg, 
Pennsylvania, and received her education in Pitts- 
burgh, Pa. Soon after matriculating she made her first 
stage appearance in **The Country Boy" under the 
management of Henry B. Harris. In 1917 Miss Hopper 
received a flattering ofifer to appear in the silent drama, 
and her beauty and talents soon became familiar to film 
*'fans." Her slender figure lends itself so well to the 
wearing of clothes with grace, that soon directors were 
casting her for society roles in which she excels. Though 
usually cast as a *Vamp," Miss Hopper owns to a love 
of comedy roles. She has a son, her chief hobbies are 
hunting and traveling, and she is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 
weighs 132 lbs., and has brown hair and green eyes. 



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MAHLON HAMILTON was born in Baltimore, 
Md., on June 15th., 1885, and was educated there 
and at the Maryland Agriculture College. Shortly after 
graduation, he came to New York to make a name for 
himself behind the footlights. After a few highly suc- 
cessful years on the stage, he made his debut in motion 
pictures as a star in a serial picture, "The Hidden Hand" 
and it is interesting to note he has recently completed 
another serial, the only other in which he has ever ap- 
peared. Mr. Hamilton is an ardent golfer, and whether 
he be in New York, Los Angeles or England, the three 
places between which he divides his time, every idle mo- 
ment is spent on the course. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 
185 lbs., and has light brown hair and blue eyes. 



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STUART HOLMES was born in Chicago, 111., on 
March 10th., 1887, and was educated at the Art 
Institute in that city. His stage career was extensive, 
and he is well remembered for his excellent work with 
Henry E. Dixey in *'Mary Jane's Pa." Mr. Holmes was 
so well suited both histrionically and physically for the 
type of screen villains he has made famous that it was 
not long before many motion picture companies sought 
his services. Since his screen debut, he has been urged 
many times to return to the spoken drama but he loves 
too much the outdoor life that California affords to re- 
turn to the rush of the larger cities. Mr. Holmes is 
particularly devoted to dogs and is seldom seen on the 
street without one. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 180 lbs., 
and has red hair and real villain's green eyes. 



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HOLMES HERBERT, a native of Ireland, was born 
in Dublin in 1882, and was educated in Rugby, 
England. His stage career, started in his native land, 
was continued in the United States, where he was seen in 
many prominent successes in the seven years before he 
entered motion pictures. Though returning to his home 
for several visits, he has spent most of his time here, 
living now in Los Angeles. Unlike many of his co- 
workers in motion pictures, who are among the recruits 
from the stage, he has not returned to the spoken drama 
since his first picture for Famous Players. Mr. Herbert 
is a keen and diligent student, spending much of his spare 
time in his library, one of the most extensive in the 
motion picture colony. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 176 lbs., 
and has light hair and gray eyes. 



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JACK HOXIE, born on an Oklahoma cattle ranch, 
spent most of his early life riding and roping cattle. 
Naturally a most unusually apt rider, he developed 
into one of the best trick and fancy riders in his state. 
Before he was twenty, he was well known wherever 
rodeos are popular, and he won several championships be- 
fore deserting the ranch for Hollywood. His riding 
prowess won him quick recognition in motion pictures and 
he soon became a star in Lasky's "Lightning Bryce." Rid- 
ing and roping are still among his most popular pastimes, 
and he never fails to return to his Oklahoma ranch for 
a short visit when his vacations between pictures permit. 
He is 6 feet tall, weighs 198 lbs., and has brown hair and 
blue eyes. 



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VERA GORDON was born in Russia and educated 
there. For a long time after her arrival in this 
country, her inability to speak the language confined her 
activities to Russian and Yiddish stock companies. 
Later she appeared in vaudeville and on the legitimate 
stage, specializing in comedy character roles. It re- 
mained for Frank Borzage, however, to bring out the 
great artistry of this splendid actress in "Humoresque,'' 
which established her as a star, one of the very few char- 
acter actresses to attain that distinction in motion pictures. 
Mrs. Gordon is really the mother she always plays on 
the screen, and all of her time away from the studios is 
devoted to the care of her husband-manager and their 
three children. She is 5 feet 5>^ inches tall, weighs 165 
lbs., and has black hair and deep brown eyes. 



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DAGMAR GODOWSKY was born in Petrograd, 
Russia, on November 24th., and received her edu- 
cation in Russia and the United States where she came 
with her father, the famous pianist, Leopold Godowsky, 
when quite young. She made her first legitimate stage 
appearance with a stock company, where she gained con- 
siderable experience. George Broadhurst next cast her 
for a prominent role in one of his productions, which 
she followed with her debut on the screen in a Goldwyn 
picture. Miss Godowsky is a favorite with screen "fans'' 
who delight in exotic characterizations, her dark beauty 
permitting her wide opportunity for such roles in which 
she is frequently cast by leading producers. She was at 
one time the wife of Frank Mayo. Miss Godowsky is 
5 feet 5^ inches tall, weighs 120 lbs., and has black hair 
and hazel eyes. 



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HUNTLEY GORDON was born in Montreal, 
Canada, on October 18., and received his educa- 
tion there and at the Bannister Court School, Hampshire, 
England. After graduating he entered the Bank of 
Montreal, and not being content, became a broker. 
Yearning for a stage career, he came to New York and 
found a small part in the Brady extravaganza, **Life.'' 
For three years he continued to play small parts, mean- 
while gaining much needed experience when he met a 
friend connected with the Vitagraph Company who 
offered him a part in a Vitagraph picture. He accepted 
and was later selected by Ralph Ince as a "find." He is a 
great sportsman, particularly favoring yachting, though 
he is an expert hockey player, and has played football. 
Mr. Gordon is 6 feet in height, weighs 175 lbs., and has 
light brown hair and blue eyes. 



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GLENN HUNTER was born in Highland Mills, N. 
Y., in 1897, and received his early education there. 
At the age of seventeen, he came to New York to go 
on the stage. After months of disappointment that 
seemed to presage nothing but failure, he found en- 
couragement at last in an engagement at ten dollars 
weekly to play small parts with the Washington Square 
Players. Realizing the value of the experience with this 
artistic company, he continued with them for two years. 
Following this, he toured the country with road shows, 
returning to New York to enlist for the World War. 
Serving until the close of the war, his success on his 
return was sensational, *'Merton of the Movies" placing 
him at the very top of his profession. He is 5 feet 10 
inches tall, weighs 140 lbs., and has light hair and blue 
eyes. 



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201 




ELINOR FAIR was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 
1903, and in childhood moved with her family to 
Los Angeles, Cal., where she attended St. Mary's 
Academy. For a time she was also a student in the 
Central School at Seattle. At one time dainty Miss Fair 
thought she would be a violinist, and went to Leipzig, 
Germany, to study. The World War brought her back 
to America, and the lure of the stage brought her be- 
fore an audience for the first time on the stage of the 
Alcazar Theatre, in Los Angeles, where she appeared 
as a dancer. Her beauty and talents attracted the at- 
tention of motion picture producers, and she was cast 
with William Farnum in "The End of the Trail.'' She 
was in the cast of "The Miracle Man," playing the in- 
valid sister. Miss Fair is a splendid dancer and pianist. 
She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 120 lbs., and has 
brown hair and eyes. 



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LOUISE FAZENDA was born in Lafayette, Indi- 
ana, in 1895, and was educated at the Los Angeles 
High School, and St. Mary's Convent. Prior to em- 
barking upon a screen career the popular comedienne 
played a short season in stock. Visiting the Mack Sen- 
nett studio in Hollywood in 1915, a friend persuaded 
her to try pictures, and being of an original turn of mind 
Miss Fazenda created the unique make-up and costume 
that has since brought her considerable fame. When 
she was finally given the opportunity to demonstrate 
her value as a laugh provoker, she scored an instant hit. 
She is now making rapid strides towards a career in 
serious roles. She is a good swimmer, plays the piano 
very well, and is a great walker. Miss Fazenda is 5 
feet 5 inches high, weighs 135 lbs., and has light brown 
hair and hazel eyes. 



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ROCKLIFFE FELLOWES was born in Ottawa, 
Canada, in 1885, and was educated there and at 
Bishop's Collegiate School in Lennoxville. His stage 
career of much promise, including leading roles with Mrs. 
Fiske and Grace George, was cut short just as it ap- 
peared likely he would be starred, when he quit the 
spoken drama for the screen. His first production for 
the Fox Company won him a large and immediate fol- 
lowing and he has not returned to the speaking stage 
since that time. One of the last of the more prominent 
players to leave New York for the West, he now makes 
his home there. His chief hobby is golf, and there are 
few courses within motor range from Hollywood that 
he has not tried. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 175 lbs., and 
has dark hair and eyes. 



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HARRISON FORD was born in Kansas City, Mo., 
on March 16th., 1892, and was educated there and 
in Los Angeles. His first theatrical appearance was with 
a stock company in Syracuse, playing many roles that he 
has since created for the screen. At the time he was 
playing the title role in *'Strongheart" on the stage, he 
was offered his first screen part in 'The Crystal Gazer" 
by Jeanie MacPherson. He accepted at once and imme- 
diately established himself as a screen player of rare ex- 
cellence. It was his several later pictures with Constance 
Talmadge, however, that gained him his present wide 
following. He is an ardent devotee of the drama, and 
visits New York from Los Angeles regularly to take in 
the plays. Mr. Ford is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 157 
lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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HELEN JEROME EDDY was born in New York 
City, on February 25th., 1897, but lived in Los 
Angeles, where she received her education, ever since 
she was three years old. With an early ambition to be- 
come a motion picture director, this sterling actress 
started her career on the screen with the old Lubin Com- 
pany, upon completion of her high school course. Her 
success in character roles has been phenomenal, and she 
is one of the leaders in that field today, her poignant 
portrayals achieving dramatic heights. Miss Eddy is an 
enthusiastic golfer and loves fast automobiles. She is, 
moreover, a keen student, and much of her time is spent 
in her library. She loves dumb animals and several of 
her dogs have been exhibited at the western shows, where 
they won prizes. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 135 
lbs., and has dark hair and eyes. 



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RUBYE DE REMER was born in Denver, Colorado, 
and made her first professional appearance with the 
famous Ziegfeld Follies. Educated in Denver, captivat- 
ing Miss de Remer soon found the lure of the stage too 
great to resist, and after her Follies engagement, was fea- 
tured on Broadway in musical comedy. In 1917, Rex 
Beach cast her for a prominent role in the "The Auction 
Block," and her fame as a screen star was established. 
She has demonstrated her ability to portray emotional 
or comedy roles, and has always been a great favorite 
with thousands of '*fan" friends. She spends her leisure 
time traveling, being addicted to the wanderlust, while 
she also possesses a remarkable kennel of police dogs to 
which she devotes much time. She has golden hair and 
blue eyes, weighs 118 lbs., and is 5 feet 4 inches in height. 



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NIGEL De BRULIER was born in a small town in 
England, and in youth possessed a wonderful 
soprano voice. He began to sing publicly in his church 
choir and attracted so much attention, he later appeared 
on the English operatic stage. Suddenly he lost his 
voice and in the struggle to regain this priceless gift, 
lost his health. A sea trip was prescribed, so Mr. De 
Brulier set out for America. Subsequently he lived in 
a small railroad town in New England, becoming a track 
walker, depot agent, and baggage master. The borax 
mines in Death Valley next claimed his attention. With 
the motion picture capital close by he ventured into pic- 
tures and rose rapidly, the old artistic spirit carrying him 
to immediate prominence. He is remembered for his 
work in "The Four Horseman," 'The Three Muske- 
teers'' and "The Hunchback." 



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MARY CARR, one of the best known mothers of the 
movies, was born in Germantown, Pa., and has 
been playing character roles since the earliest days of 
the screen. Always a dependable player who could be 
counted on for a splendid interpretation of any role of 
great dramatic potentialities, she was little recognized 
by the public in the first years of her screen work. It 
was not until she played the mother role in "Over the 
Hill/' the picture that also brought Johnnie Walker to 
the fore, that she became a star and took her well earned 
place with the very few other character actors who have 
gained that distinction. Mrs. Carr at home is quite the 
mother that she always appears on the screen and her 
children, who are well known to motion picture *'fans,'' are 
ample evidence that she is a true master of her favorite 
role. 



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RONALD COLEMAN, one of the latest screen 
*'finds/' was born in Richmond, Surrey, England, 
and educated there. His first experience was on the 
English stage, where his successes included a starring 
engagement in Richard Bennett's role in the American 
play, ^'Damaged Goods/* After the World War, he re- 
sumed his work in England, making several photoplays 
while he was appearing on the stage. In 1920, he came 
to America for the first time, immediately finding an en- 
gagement on the New York stage. It was during the 
run of this play that Henry King discovered him and 
signed him for the leading role opposite Lillian Gish in 
"The White Sister." Mr. Coleman is an enthusiastic 
motorist, plays golf and is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 
165 lbs., and has sandy hair and brown eyes. 



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MABEL BALLIN was born in Philadelphia, Pa., 
and received her education in that city. In youth 
she was left without parents and became the ward of her 
grandmother. At 6 years of age, she was playing the 
tambourine on the platform of a Salvation Army Hall. 
Finishing school, she secured a position as assistant to a 
local dressmaker. She then attended night school, study- 
ing to be an illustrator. When dreams of becoming an 
artist took wings a new interest in the stage awakened 
within her. In New York fortune smiled upon 
the fair Mabeland she did a "bit'' when Hugo Ballin, 
the artist, became interested in her and finally wed her. 
Vitagraph offered her screen fame and accepting she 
made good, since winning screen stardom. She is 5 
feet 3 inches in height, weighs 120 lbs., and has brown 
hair and brown eyes. 



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THEDA BARA, who has recently returned to the 
screen after a long retirement, was born in Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, in 1890. She entered pictures direct from 
school and immediately became the most sensational 
star of her day, creating the famous vampire roles that 
have since been copied with little success by many other 
players. "A Fool There Was," one of her first out- 
standing successes, was quickly followed by "Carmen,'* 
''The Tiger Woman," and "Cleopatra." Throughout 
her career, "Kathleen Mavoureen" was the only picture 
of note in which her role was not the vixen type. 
Miss Bara was recently married to Charles Brabin, the 
director, whom she first met while both were working 
at the Fox studios. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 
135 lbs., and has dark brown hair and eyes. 



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LIONEL BARRYMORE, born in Philadelphia, Pa., 
on April, 1878, brother of John and Ethel, and son 
of the great Maurice Barrymore, made his stage debut 
in "The Rivals'' in 1893, and there have been few men 
in the history of the American theatre who have equalled 
his record. Perhaps his outstanding achievement on 
the stage was his splendid performance in *'The Jest," 
in which he and his brother John were starred together. 
Like that of his brother his screen work has been irregu- 
lar, as most of his time was devoted to the stage, where 
his colorful personality and magnificent character depic- 
tions have won him enduring fame. Although a keen 
student, he is a splendid athlete, being an unusually 
fine wrestler. He is tall, well built, and has dark hair 
and eyes. 



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EVELYN BRENT was born in Tampa, Florida, in 
1899 and in early youth came to New York City 
where she received her education. Subsequently her 
family removed to Los Angeles, Cal., and it was not long 
ere the film fever caught her and she made her appear- 
ance in the ranks of the extras. Her histrionic talents 
were so marked that her director picked her from a large 
group to essay a small part. So well did she acquit her- 
self in this role that, in a short time Miss Brent was 
])laying leading roles. Then she went to London to 
appear on the legitimate stage and "doubled" on the 
screen at the same time. Remaining abroad for 6 years 
she toured the continent, making pictures in Spain, 
Italy, Holland, and France ere she again came to her 
native land. Miss Brent is 5 feet 4 inches in height, 
weighs 115 lbs., and has dark hair and eyes. 



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BEN ALEXANDER was born in Goldfield, Nevada, 
in 1910, and received his education in Los Angeles 
and from private tutors. He began his professional 
career by playing the name part in "Penrod" on the 
speaking stage. Then D. W. Griffith cast him for a 
role in ''Hearts of the World," and young Mr. Alexander 
was started on the road to screen fame. He has since 
won a host of "fan'' friends by the splendid talents he 
displays every time he makes a screen appearance. In 
**Turn to the Right'* this youthful star created a distinct 
hit by his clever interpretation. He is a clean-cut youth, 
takes a regular boy's delight in all things that interest and 
delight boys, and is a popular favorite among his ''gang," 
not so much because of his position in the screen world, 
but because he is listed as a "regular fellow." He is 4 
feet 8 inches tall, weighs 80 lbs., and has blond hair 
and blue eyes. 



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RENEE ADOREE was born in France, and received 
her education there and in New York City. She 
studied to be an interpretative dancer and gained fame 
and fortune abroad for her work in this art. She is an 
exceptionally gifted young lady, being a splendid 
musician and composer of songs. While dancing on the 
New York stage, Miss Adoree wrote her own accompani- 
ments, and when at the height of her popularity she de- 
cided to seek a new avenue of expression through the 
medium of motion pictures. Applying at the William 
Fox Studios, her great beauty and experience lent 
themselves so well to the art of pantomime, she was 
engaged to appear in 'The Strongest,'' scoring a decided 
hit. Miss Adoree is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 120 lbs., 
and has dark hair and dark eyes. 



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DOROTHY DAVENPORT was born in Boston, 
Mass., on March 13th., 1895, and received her 
education in Roanoke, Va. She was one of the very 
first screen players to arrive in Hollywood, coming to 
the west coast under the direction of Al Christie. Ap- 
pearing in Universal pictures, she met beloved Wallace 
Reid, and after a courtship, the popular players were 
united in marriage. With the arrival of a son she retired 
to the privacy of her home and its consequent cares. 
Since the lamented passing of the popular *'Wally," 
Mrs. Reid has returned to the screen appearing in her 
own productions, the first being an expose of the Drug 
Traffic. She is one of the most beautiful of screen stars, 
and indulges in most outdoor sports. Her hobby is read- 
ing and her home possesses a splendid library. She is 
5 feet 7 inches high, weighs 130 lbs., and has black hair 
and brown eyes. 



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CLARA KIMBALL YOUNG was born in Chicago, 
III., on September 6th., 1893, and when but 3 years 
old, appeared on the speaking stage with her parents, both 
of whom were noted players. She then entered upon 
a period of education, becoming a student in St. Xavier's 
Academy. While at school, she developed a liking for 
both music and art, and attained proficiency in both ere 
she graduated. She appeared in vaudeville, stock and 
legitimate stage productions, before she made her debut 
on the screen, where, from the first, she was destined to 
become a star. Miss Young is an emotional actress, and 
takes a lively interest in stage children. She is fond of 
outdoor sports, rides and drives well, and loves flowers. 
She is 5 feet 4 inches in height, weighs 123 lbs., and has 
black hair and wonderful brown eyes. 



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BOBBY VERNON was born in Chicago, 111., on 
March 9th., 1898, and in early youth removed to 
San Francisco where he attended the local public school, 
and when 11 years of age was cast for a small part by a 
local stock company. This was his first stage experi- 
ence, and he followed it by an engagement upon gradua- 
tion from school, with the old team of Kolband Dill. 
A career in motion pictures beckoned, and he journeyed 
to Los Angeles where he worked in Universal and 
Sennett comedies ere being engaged by Al. Christie for 
Christie Comedies. Bobby is rated as one of the most 
enjoyable of screen comedians, and has made rapid 
progress under the expert direction of Mr. Christie. He 
is a clean-cut lad, is rated as an indefatigable worker. 
He is married, is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 145 lbs., 
and has light hair and blue eyes. 



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LLOYD HUGHES was born in Bisbee, Arizona, on 
October 21st., 1897, and was educated in California, 
attending high school in Los Angeles. While a student 
at the Polytechnic High School, he was a leading spirit 
in amateur theatricals, and his success as an amateur 
prompted the young man to apply to the studios, where in 
1917 he finally secured work as an extra. Thomas H. 
Ince gave him his first real opportunity, and his success 
is an indication of the late Mr. Ince's keen judgment. 
Mary Pickford has used Mr. Hughes as her leading 
man. He is married to Gloria Hope, herself a screen 
player of great ability, and they have a charming home in 
Hollywood. Mr. Hughes is an ardent motorist, enjoys 
golf, and is rated as a hiker of great endurance. He is 
almost 6 feet tall, weighs 155 lbs., and has brown hair 
and gray eyes. 



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MARY PHILBIN was born in Chicago, III, on July 
16th., 1904, and received her education at the 
famous Hyde Park High School in that city. From 
earliest childhood this sweet little star aspired to theatri- 
cal honors, and during her school years was always a 
leading figure in school and church entertainments. To- 
gether with Gertrude Olmstead, she was chosen a winner 
in a Chicago newspaper popularity and beauty contest, 
and as part of the prize was offered a chance to appear in 
Universal pictures. From that day to this she has 
worked steadily on the screen, winning greater popular- 
ity, each new effort proving her possessed of rare emo- 
tional powers. She is 5 feet 2 inches in height, weighs 
100 lbs., and has dark brown hair and gray eyes. 



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JOHNNY HINES was born in Golden, Colorado, on 
July 25th., 1895, and attended high school in Pitts- 
burgh, Pa., then he went to New York City, where he 
finished his education, and started his stage career. He 
is a rollicking youth, full of fun and ever ready to enter- 
tain. He spent 5 years on the speaking stage, ere he 
essayed a start in the silent drama, making his debut in 
1915. He gained real screen fame by creating the popu- 
lar character of *'Torchy'' and has since been elevated 
to screen stardom. Mr. Hines is an enthusiastic horse- 
man probably enjoying horses as much as he does any- 
thing else. He is a splendid dancer, and devotes much 
time to study, believing that ^'knowledge is power.'' He 
is 5 feet 10 inches in height, weighs 150 lbs., and has 
black hair and brown eyes. 



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PAULINE FREDERICK was born in Boston, Mass., 
on August 12th., 1885, and was educated in the 
pubhc schools of that city. She is undoubtedly one of 
the greatest of stage and screen stars and has earned her 
position through the rare artistry of her work. She 
made her professional debut in New York City in 1902. 
In 1915, she began her screen career as a Famous Players 
star, and scored heavily as a screen actress. She is a 
splendid athlete devoting much time to her horses, of 
which she owns a number of prize winners. She can 
rope and ride a broncho with true cowboy ability, and 
often stages amateur riding contests and horse shows in 
the beautiful grounds surrounding her magnificent 
Beverly Hills home. Miss Frederick is married. She is 
5 feet 5 inches in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has brown 
hair and expressive gray eyes. 



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PHYLLIS HAVER was born in Douglas, Kansas, on 
January 6th., 1899, and in youth her family made 
their home in Los Angeles where she was educated. 
Graduating from high school, beautiful Phyllis decided 
that her proximity to the motion picture studios should 
be put to advantage. She journeyed to the Sennett 
Studio where she was immediately engaged as an extra 
girl. It was after she had been filmed that her screen 
beauty and talents as a comedienne became apparent, and 
she was elevated to stardom and has been a popular favor- 
ite ever since. Now she has branched out into more 
serious work and is rapidly making a name for herself 
as a dramatic actress. As would be expected, she is a 
splendid swimmer, though she is equally proficient as a 
dancer and golfer. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 
130 lbs., and has light hair and blue eyes. 



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JULIA FAYE was born in Richmond, Virginia, on 
September 28th., 1898, and was educated in the pub- 
lic and private schools of St. Louis, Mo., where her 
family located shortly after her birth. She attended 
Illinois University for a term but the call of the screen 
was so insistent that Miss Faye journeyed to Hollywood, 
where her first application was to the old master, D. W. 
Griffith, who immediately cast her for a small part in 
"Intolerance.'* This she followed with a tremendous 
jump upward playing the leading role in her next pic- 
ture. After almost a year with Griffith she joined the 
Sennett Bathing Beauty ranks and not long after was 
signed by Paramount to play opposite Wallace Reid. 
In private life she is Julia Faye Covell, and collects 
Oriental objects of art. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 
weighs 117 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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DORIS KENYON was born in Syracuse, New 
York, on September 5th., 1897, and received her 
education in Packer College Institute, and at Columbia 
University. She is the daughter of a Methodist minister 
and writer, and is known as a writer of considerable 
ability herself. Miss Kenyon made her first professional 
appearance in Victor Herbert's operetta *Trincess Pat," 
having been recruited for the chorus of this production 
from a church choir. She is possessed of a most engag- 
ing personality, and following her debut in motion pic- 
tures with the Essanay Company, she quickly won a 
secure place in the affections of thousands of "fans." 
Miss Kenyon is an expert horsewoman, drives her car, 
and is a great student, reading and writing considerably. 
She is 5 feet 6 inches in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has 
brown hair and gray eyes. 



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BRYANT WASHBURN was born in Chicago, III, 
on April 28th., 1889, and when a youth lived in 
Racine, Wisconsin. He received his education there and 
in Chicago, where he again lived after his 12th. birthday. 
In Chicago he attended Lake View High School, mean- 
while becoming head usher at the Chicago Opera House. 
He then became treasurer of the theatre, and when 
George Fawcett offered him a small part in his play he 
accepted, later appearing in stock. He has had a wide 
theatrical experience, and finally essayed an entry into 
screendom by appearing in Essanay pictures. It was a 
considerable time afterwards that he first went to Holly- 
wood, where he appeared in Paramount pictures, with 
great success. He is married, has two children, and is 
6 feet tall, weighing 160 lbs. He has dark brown hair 
and brown eyes. 



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MILTON SILLS was born in Chicago, 111., on Jan- 
uary 12th., 1882, and received his education at the 
University of Chicago, in which he later became an in- 
structor in philosophy. Evincing a mild interest in 
amateur theatricals, Mr. Sills was one day seen by a 
prominent producer and manager, who, realizing that 
here was a splendid actor, made him an offer, which for- 
tunately Mr. Sills accepted, and so the school lost a 
popular professor, and the stage and screen gained a popu- 
lar star. Following a long and fruitful stage experience, 
Mr. Sills appeared to great advantage in Fox's *The 
Honor System,'' and he has since risen to great heights 
as a screen star. He is a splendid type of virile man- 
hood, athletics being his recreation. Standing 6 feet 
1 inch in height, he weighs 190 lbs., and has brown hair 
and gray eyes. 



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MARGUERITE COURTOT was born in Summit, 
New Jersey, on August 20th., 1897, and received 
her elementary education in New York City, later finish- 
ing in Switzerland. Though considered one of the pio- 
neer stars of the screen, she having been at one time a 
favored player in Pathe serials, Miss Courtot made her 
really great success in "Down to the Sea in Ships." 
She later married Raymond McKee who was featured 
in the production with her. Prior to her screen debut, 
she was an artist's model, and she is herself interested 
in art, painting with skill. Miss Courtot is fond of 
athletics, swims and rides well, and drives her own car. 
She is an accomplished pianist, and is 5 feet 2 inches 
in height, weighs 110 lbs., and has golden brown hair 
and greenish blue eyes. 



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ALICE LAKE was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on Sep- 
tember 12th., 1889, and received her education in 
that city. Amateur theatricals always held the attention 
of Miss Lake, and encouraged by her school day suc- 
cesses, she ventured upon the legitimate stage, dancing 
with success. When picture making activities invaded 
Brooklyn, Miss Lake visited the studio and the casting 
director at Vitagraph cast his knowing eye upon Alice, 
with the result that soon her pleasing personality graced 
the silver sheet. Mack Sennett secured her services 
for his comedy making unit, and she became a member 
of the old Keystone Company. Stardom loomed in the 
immediate future, and Miss Lake has made good. She 
is a wonderful swimmer and golfer, is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 
weighs 115 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. 



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JACK MULHALL was born in New York, on Oc- 
tober 7th., 1898, and received his education in St. 
Mary's Academy in that city. He has had a wide stage 
experience, appearing with stock companies and in vaude- 
ville throughout the country. In 1913 he made his first 
screen appearance in "The House of Discord" produced 
by the old Biograph Company. He has appeared in 
support of many screen stars, and earned for himself 
a considerable following among "fans'* because of his 
sincere portrayals and virile young manhood. Mr. Mul- 
hall indulges in all athletics whenever he is free from 
studio duties, and is particularly adept at swimming. 
He is a splendid horseman and also plays golf with more 
than ordinary skill. He is married, and lives in Holly- 
wood with his wife and young son. Jack Mulhall, Jr. 
He is 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighs 150 lbs., and has 
dark hair and blue eyes. 



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PAULINE GARON was born in Montreal, Canada, 
on September 9th., 1904, and received the major 
portion of her education in the Sacred Heart Convent 
in Montreal. Deciding that the stage held the best oppor- 
tunity for her, this tiny star set out for New York 
where she appeared on the legitimate stage for two 
years, finally entering pictures through the D. W. Grif- 
fith Studios near New York where she doubled for 
Dorothy Gish. She achieved her rightful position on 
the screen by the excellence of her performance with 
Richard Barthelmess in "Sonny." This was followed 
by an engagernent in Canada and then Hollywood beck- 
oned, and Miss Garon departed to play in the De Mille 
productions. She is an expert dancer, rides and swims 
well, and is 5 feet 1 inch in height, weighs 104 lbs., 
and has blond hair and hazel eyes. 



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DOROTHY DALTON was born in Chicago, 111., 
on September 22nd. ^ 1894, and educated in the 
Sacred Heart Academy of that city. Though first op- 
posing her stage aspirations, her father, learning that 
she was determined to seek a theatrical career, gave her 
what assistance he could by placing her under the direc- 
tion of the late Hart Conway in the American Conserva- 
tory of Dramatic Art. A stock engagement launched 
her on the path to fame and fortune. Later she played 
in vaudeville on the Orpheum Circuit. Portland was the 
scene of her first screen appearance, following which she 
journeyed to Hollywood, where in 1915 Thomas H. 
Ince gave her a real screen opportunity. All outdoor 
sports find favor with Miss Dalton who recently married 
Oscar Hammerstein's son. She is 5 feet 5 inches high, 
weighs 127 lbs., and has dark brown hair and blue eyes. 



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RAYMOND HATTON was born in Red Oak, Iowa, 
on July 7th., 1887, and attended school in Des 
Moines, Iowa. He is a great artist and he may be listed 
as one of the very best of screen character artists. The 
day his schooling ended saw the dawn of his theatrical 
career, and for ten years he played in stock and with road 
companies. Though known as a dramatic actor, Mr. 
Hatton began his screen career playing in Keystone 
Comedies with Mabel Normand, and the old Keystone 
favorites. He is an expert horseman, swims very well, 
boxes with credit to himself, and gleans great pleasure 
from the culture of flowers. He has a penchant for the 
collection of canes, possessing a valuable group of rare 
and artistic walking sticks. Mr. Hatton is 5 feet 5 inches 
tall, weighs 133 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes. 



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FORREST STANLEY was born in New York City, 
on August 21st., 1889, and received the major por- 
tion of his education in that city. He had an active 
legitimate stage experience prior to making his screen 
debut, having served first with a number of stock com- 
panies, which he followed by an extensive tour on the 
road. Mr. Stanley is married and has a beautiful home 
in Beverly Hills, and made his greatest screen successes 
in *'When Knighthood was in Flower" and "The Pride 
of Palomar," in both of which he was the leading man. 
He is a quiet, studious player, preferring home surround- 
ings to public appearances. Mr. Stanley is a champion 
bridge player, and is equally proficient on the golf links. 
He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 165 lbs., and has 
blond hair and blue eyes. 



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RALPH GRAVES was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 
January 23rd., 1900, and received his education 
in that city and New York. He is a most promising 
young actor, and bids fair to gain even greater laurels 
than he has already won through the excellence of screen 
portrayals. He created his first prominent role under 
the direction of D. W. Griffith, in "Dream Street,'* and 
has since played opposite many stars of the screen, nota- 
bly in Marion Davies' production "Yolanda.'' He is 
a sincere worker, always striving to please his audience. 
Mr. Graves is equally at home in comedy roles, having 
been featured by Mack Sennett in many of his produc- 
tions. His is a clean-cut personality, his winning smile 
instantly endearing him to his legion of "fan" friends. 
He is athletic, is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 170 lbs., 
and has light brown hair and blue eyes. 



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MARY ASTOR was born in Quincy, III., on May 
3rd., 1906. She is the daughter of a college pro- 
fessor and won her place in the silent drama through 
a beauty contest. Famous Players gave her her first 
film opportunity and to the little lady's credit it must be 
said she ''made good." Miss Astor, whose real name is 
Lucille Langhanke, though now a famed beauty, was 
at one time called ''Rusty'' by her close friends because 
her lovely features were hidden behind a wealth of 
freckles. She is fond of books, being a great reader. 
She is an earnest worker and has made consistent strides 
towards the stardom which she recently earned, ever 
since her first screen appearance when she was little more 
than 14 years old. She has beautiful auburn hair, large 
brown eyes, is 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighs about 
115 lbs. 



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JOHN BARRYMORE, one of the recognized leaders 
of the American stage, was born on February 15th., 
1882. Following the footsteps of his illustrious father, 
Maurice Barrymore, he embarked upon a stage career, 
making his debut in ''Magda" at the age of twenty. His 
success was instantaneous, and he was starred in "A 
Stubborn Cinderella,'' "Uncle Sam,'' "The Fortune 
Hunter," and many other well remembered successes. 
His success in motion pictures was immediate, too, when 
he appeared in "Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman," his 
first screen production. Since that time he has been 
alternating between the silent drama and the stage. Mr. 
Barrymore's talents are many, his cartoons having at- 
tracted wide recognition. He is married, is 5 feet 10' 
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NEAL BURNS was born in Bristol, Pa., on Feb- 
ruary 4th., 1894, and received his education in 
Atlantic City, N. J. Shortly after leaving school, the 
popular Mr. Burns made his first appearance as an actor 
in "Ji^st Out of College" vi^hich he followed with a long 
engagement in dramatic stock. Though rated one of the 
best of the younger screen comedians, he having scored 
a substantial success under the direction of Al Christie, 
Mr. Burns is also gifted as a writer. He has written 
many scenarios, and is responsible for countless humor- 
ous incidents in his Christie pictures. At one time he 
was a member of the famous Morosco Theatre Stock 
Company in Los Angeles. He is an excellent swimmer, 
is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 140 lbs., and has brown 
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J ETTA GOUDAL was born in Versailles, France, on 
July 12th., 1901, and received her early education 
there. At an early age, she experienced the quite usual 
conflict with her parents over the question of her stage 
career, and she was forced to choose between the theatre 
and her family. She chose the theatre, completing her 
education in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. 
After a most successful start on the European stage, she 
came to America, where she first attracted attention in 
the Chicago production of "Simon Called Peter." Her 
screen debut followed immediately in Richard Barthel- 
mess's production, *'The Bright Shawl," which at once 
established her as a capable delineator of exotic roles. 
She is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 128 lbs., and has black 
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JUNE MARLOWE was born in St. Cloud, Minne- 
sota, on November 6th, 1905, and was educated in her 
home town. Two years ago, she determined upon a 
screen career and went to Hollywood to seek her place 
in filmdom. Lloyd Hamilton, who has fostered the ca- 
reers of many promising young players, gave her her 
first opportunity when he engaged her for the leading 
role in one of his comedies. With the able assistance of 
the comedian, she developed rapidly and soon left her 
comedy roles behind essaying an entry into dramatic 
productions. Miss Marlowe, who is one of the newest 
''baby stars'' of the screen, is an outdoors girl, being par- 
ticularly fond of swimming. She is 5 feet 1^ inches 
in height, weighs 120 lbs., and has brown hair and brown 
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WANDA HAWLEY was born in Scranton, Pa., on 
July 30th., 1897, and in early youth joined her 
family in a western pilgrimage, finally settling in Brem- 
erton, Washington. With her interest in music at high 
pitch, she journeyed to New York City where she at- 
tended the Master School of Music, from which she 
graduated with honors, embarking on a concert tour of 
the country. In 1897 the lure of the films brought her to 
the Fox Film Company Studio, and she was engaged 
for screen work. Her success was pronounced, her 
blond beauty and natural poise gaining her many other 
screen opportunities. She composes music with great 
skill and plays the piano with much feeling. She drives 
her car with real skill, and is a good golfer. She is 5 
feet 3 inches in height, weighs 130 lbs., and has blond 
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ETHEL CLAYTON was born in Champaign, 111., on 
November 18th., 1890, and her early education was 
secured amid the peaceful surroundings of St. Elizabeth's 
Convent, in Chicago. Beginning her professional career 
with the inevitable '^bits" she was soon elevated to the 
rank of featured player because of her charming person- 
ality and unusual intelligence. Ethel Clayton is the 
typical lady of the screen, scoring her greatest successes 
while playing such roles. With the future of the motion 
picture assured, Miss Clayton sought an opportunity to 
appear on the silver sheet, and was at once engaged for 
leading roles by the old Lubin Company of Philadelphia. 
After many years as a Lubin star, she joined the Famous 
Players ranks and later headed her own company. She 
has golden brown hair and gray eyes, is 5 feet 5 inches 
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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR., was born in New 
York City, on December 9th., 1909, and educated 
there and in Paris and Pasadena, Cal. A chip of the old 
block, he is determined to follow in the footsteps of his 
illustrious father, already having begun the process by 
his initial production for Famous Players, '^Stephen 
Steps Out,'' which was suggestive of several of the early 
Triangle productions his father starred in. Like his 
father, he is athletic, indulging in every sport that at- 
tracts the average American boy he portrays so well on 
the screen. He is an excellent swimmer and enthusiastic 
baseball "fan.'' One of his chief indoor hobbies is radio, 
although he admits, also, a fondness for Mali Jong and 
music. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 135 lbs., and 
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RUTH CLIFFORD was born in Rhode Island, on 
February 17th., 1900, and educated in St. Mary's 
Seminary at Bayview, R. I. Her screen experience dates 
back to the old Edison days where she began work as an 
extra. Her rise was rapid as she soon convinced those 
she was associated with of her ability as an actress. She 
was assigned to play opposite many leading male stars 
and finally starred in a series of Universal pictures. 
Miss Clififord is an able athlete, being an exponent of 
physical culture. She is a splendid swimmer and may 
often be seen on the California beaches. Aside from her 
motion picture work Miss Clifford takes an interest in 
the culture of flowers, as the beautiful garden about her 
Hollywood home indicates. She is 5 feet 2 inches in 
height, weighs 110 lbs., and has blond hair and expressive 
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HERBERT RAWLINSON was born m Brighton, 
England, on November 15th., 1885, and received 
his education in Hayward's School, and later at the 
College of St. Servan, in France. Many occupations 
claimed his time and interest ere he essayed a career on 
the stage, but once he embarked upon such a career his 
progress was rapid. He first played with a circus, later 
appearing in road and stock companies where he played 
juvenile leads. Arriving in the United States he found 
the films just becoming popular. Accordingly, he joined 
the old Selig Company. He has since gained fame and is 
noted as one of the real athletes of the screen, his agility 
and prowess being used to great advantage in many of his 
pictures. He is 6 feet in height, weighs 175 lbs., and has 
brown hair and blue eyes. 



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CHARLES De ROCHE was born in Port Vendres, 
in Southern France, on July 7th., 1893, and ever 
since he made his first screen appearance, has succeeded 
in bringing to his characterizations the picturesque treat- 
ment for which the foreign actor is so well known. He 
saw active service during the World War, winning the 
Croix de Guerre for heroic conduct in action. It was in 
the late part of 1922 that Famous Players brought this 
capable actor to the United States and he has since ap-. 
peared continuously in American films, winning for him- 
self a wide circle of friends and followers. He is an 
expert dancer and is a skillful swimmer, tennis player, 
long distance runner and boxer. He is a graduate of 
Hoche College in France. Mr. De Roche has chestnut 
hair and gray eyes, weighs 177 lbs., and is 5 feet 10 
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EARLE WILLL-V^MS was born in Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia, on February 28th., 1886, and received his 
education in the Oakland, Cal., high school, and at Poly- 
technic College of California. He began an active pro- 
fessional career in New Orleans, La., in stock. Making 
his first screen appearance with the Vitagraph Company, 
he immediately won public favor, eventually becoming 
one of the brightest stars of earlier screen days. Mr. 
Williams earned his right to stardom after serving an 
apprenticeship, during which he depicted "heavies,'' and 
then acted as leading man. He is one of the best read 
and educated stars the screen can boast of, always having 
been a student and inveterate reader. Mr. Williams 
collects Oriental objects as an oflf-screen pastime. He is 
5 feet 11 inches in height, weighs 176 lbs., and has black 
hair and blue eves. 



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HARRY CAREY was born in New York City in 
1880 and received his education there studying 
law at both Hamilton Institute and New York Univer- 
sity. It was the wish of his father who was a noted 
jurist that he become a lawyer. Illness caused him to 
live in the West where, time hanging heavy on his hands, 
he sought a theatrical career. Followed then a visit to 
the Biograph Studios in New York. Flis success was 
immediate and he never returned to the speaking stage. 
He has created a tremendous following among lovers of 
the western style of pictures as he excels in this char- 
acterization and so great is his love for the west that he 
has purchased a ranch of 1000 acres about 40 miles from 
Los Angeles. He is married and has a child. Mr. Carey 
is 6 feet in height, weighs 180 lbs., and has light hair and 
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CHARLES OGLE was born in Morgan County, 
Ohio, and was educated there and at the College of 
Law in Chicago. Law did not appeal to him, however, 
and he soon decided to go on the stage. He had a varied, 
though highly successful career, in the spoken drama, 
playing throughout the country for about twenty years 
before he made his screen debut with Edison. His apt- 
ness for motion picture portrayals was soon recognized 
and he signed a long term contract with Famous Players, 
continuing with the company until the present time. Al- 
though he has played a wide variety of character roles, 
he is known chiefly for his excellence in butler charac- 
terizations, being, perhaps, the best known of all screen 
butlers. Mr. Ogle is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 200 
pounds, and has black-gray hair and brown eyes. 



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GEORGE O'BRIEN was born in California in 1900, 
and received his early education in San Francisco. 
As a student at Santa Clara College he excelled in his 
studies, also acquitting himself with distinction on the 
athletic field. A temporary lapse in his studies came 
when he enlisted in the navy at the start of the World 
War. On his return from duty he reentered college. 
At this time he met Tom Mix, who secured him a posi- 
tion as assistant camera man. Within a few months, 
because of his own personality and the interest of the 
Fox western star, he was cast for several small parts. 
It was while he was working in a small role that William 
Fox, impressed with his appearance, engaged him for the 
leading role in *'The Iron Horse," which established 
him as a star. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 176 
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MISS Du PONT was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, 
in 1898, and is the daughter of a fine old South- 
ern family. Her father was a prominent horseman. She 
began her education in Frankfort, finishing in Chicago, 
at the Loring School for Girls. Finally she arrived in 
Hollywood, and secured an engagement in a Rex Ingram 
picture. This captivating young lady is known as one of 
the best dressed women on the screen, and is also a true 
student of her art, spending most of her leisure time in 
the theatre, where she is constantly studying character- 
ization. She is a well read girl and possesses a wide 
range of subjects in her splendid library. Miss Du Pont 
engages in most outdoor sports, and makes an extremely 
beautiful picture astride her favorite horse. She is 5 
feet 5^ inches in height, weighs 125 lbs., and has blond 
hair and blue eyes. 



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MYRTLE STEDMAN was l)orn in Chica-o, 111., 
in 1888, and received her education in Mrs. 
Starret's School of that city. She has had a wide 
theatrical career, and is an accomplished actress. She 
has had a successful stage career, having appeared in 
musical comedy and light opera, prior to her screen debut 
which was made in 1912. Her screen debut was made 
with the old Selig Company, and she has since appeared 
in the productions of almost every first class producer, 
her ability to portray roles of matured womanhood, 
wherein proper dignity, bearing, humor and art are so 
necessary, making her services by all producers always in 
demand. Mrs. Stedman is the mother of Lincoln Sted- 
man, himself a promising young actor. Her hobby is 
naturally the care of her pretty Hollywood bungalow. 
She is 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 140 lbs., and has 
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HARRY T. MOREY was born in Charlotte, Michi- 
gan, and was educated there. Before his debut in 
motion pictures, he had a varied experience on the stage, 
playing in every type of production from Shakespearian 
drama to musical comedy. In 1909, he joined the Vita- 
graph Company, being a member of the original 
Vitagraph stock company, which included many of the 
leading stars of today. His work in pictures, as on the 
stage, has been varied, but he has always preferred the 
virile outdoor dramas that gave him an opportunity to 
play as he worked. While a diligent student, Mr. Morey 
is likewise a keen sportsman and his time is pretty evenly 
divided between the **great open spaces'' and his own 
fireside. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 180 lbs., and 
has light brown hair and gray eyes. 



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DAVID BUTLER was born in San Francisco, Cal., 
on December 17th., 1894, and was educated in the 
local grammar and high schools. He then attended 
Hitchcock Military Academy, following this with his 
entry at Leland Stanford University where he won fame 
not only as a scholar but also as an athlete, proving pro- 
ficient alike on the footl^all and baseball fields, on the 
basket ball court and in the swimming tank. His father 
was at one time stage director of the Alcazar Theatre in 
San Francisco, and the Morosco Theatre in Los Angeles, 
and it was in the former that Mr. Butler appeared in a 
child part. His mother was Adele Belgarde of the same 
company. Once again we must give D. W. Griffith 
credit for discovering a star, for it was he who gave 
David his first opportunity after seeing him on the 
speaking stage. Mr. Butler is a rabid baseball fan, is 
6 feet tall, weighs 190 lbs., and has dark hair and blue 
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HARRY LANGDON, newest of comedy stars, was 
born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on June 15th., and 
was educated in that city. His first contact with the 
theatrical business came at an early age when he was an 
errand boy at the Dohaney Theatre in his home town. 
In turn he was usher and stage hand, making his first 
appearance behind the footlights when he substituted for 
an actor who failed to appear for a performance. For the 
following eighteen years, he continued on the stage in 
vaudeville and musical comedy. Under Mack Sennett's 
direction, he has established himself among the leading 
screen comedians, again confirming the uncanny ability 
of Mr. Sennett, discoverer of Chaplin, to pick comedians. 
He is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 150 lbs., and has brown 
hair and blue eyes. 



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CRAUFORD KENT was born in London, England, 
and received his education there. The lure of the 
stage proved stronger than the urge to embark upon a 
business career and soon after graduating Mr. Kent made 
his first professional appearance in musical comedy. He 
has been seen to good advantage in ''The Deep Purple" 
and numerous other legitimate stage successes and has 
appeared on the screen in the productions of practically 
every big Motion Picture producing company. Mr. Kent 
owns to the hobby of book collection and evinces a 
lively interest in art. He is a devotee of sports, taking 
especial pleasure in cantering about on the bridle path. 
He is 5 feet 10>4 inches in height, weighs 160 lbs., and 
has brown hair and hazel eves. 




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